October 23, 2009

Carmelite nun professes solemn vows

Carmelite Sister Mary Joseph of Divine Mercy, the former Nguyen Diep Cam Tu, professed solemn vows as a Discalced Carmelite nun at the Carmelite Monastery of St. Joseph in Terre Haute on Aug. 22 into the hands of Mother Anne of Jesus, prioress of the monastery.

Benedictine Archabbot Justin DuVall of Saint Meinrad Archabbey presided at the Profession Mass, with 10 priests concelebrating.

Sister Mary Joseph is a native of North Vietnam. She escaped with her family after many failed attempts in the 1980s, and came to the United States in 1992.

The Nguyen family has given two daughters to God in the Carmelite way of life. Carmelite Sister Emily Marie of the Cross, the former Nguyen Diep Chau Thao, made her profession in the Carmel of Alhambra, Calif., on July 25.

Sister Emily Marie was able to be with the Carmelites of Terre Haute for Sister Mary Joseph’s solemn profession. †

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