Family, friends and the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) filled Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel to witness Sister Rosina Mai Pham taking her perpetual vows and committing her life to the mission of the SSMO Community. The Profession of Vows took place in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel in the SSMO Motherhouse on August 15, 2017. The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Alexander Sample.

“Through life’s ups and downs, God has never abandoned me but filled me with His graces. Committing myself by professing final vows with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon means I’ve found the right family,” Sr. Rosina said.

August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of Mary’s earthly life and her assumption into heaven. For more than 100 years, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon have celebrated the profession of vows of their Sisters on that date.

About Sr. Rosina Pham

Born and raised in Vietnam, Sr. Rosina came to the United States in 1991 with her parents and seven siblings. She is the youngest of three girls and five boys.

After graduating from Marshall High School in Portland in 1995, she moved to California to begin her religious life with the Sisters of the Holy Cross, ministering to the Vietnamese community. Sr. Rosina graduated from San Francisco State University in 2006, earning her bachelor’s degree in social work.

After 13 years in California, she returned to Portland. Attending Mass with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, she found herself drawn to the SSMO Community. “When I first met with the Sisters, I felt the love and the caring as they welcomed me,” she said. She began her discernment process again.

       Sr. Rosina Pham (left) and her niece, Sr. Thanh Pham

“I gradually fell in love with the Sisters because of the way we live the charism,” she said. “God has called me here. It is His plan for me. What I do is all God’s grace for me.”

She continued her education, earning a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University (PSU) in 2014. In December 2014, she earned a graduate certificate in gerontology from PSU.

Today, she works in social services at Maryville, serving as an advocate for residents and their families and working with Maryville staff members to ensure the best possible care. “It’s a very meaningful ministry,” she said. “I have found the love within our work with families and co-workers. They are like my second family.”

She finds special joy in the knowledge that her niece – Sr. Thanh Pham – is also been drawn to “the love of the SSMO Community” and is now a novice.

More than 30 members of Sr. Rosina’s family were present for the Profession of Vows as well as high school friends and Sisters of the Holy Name. “I have discerned for many years,” she said. “With the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, I have found the right Community for me.”

She added, “I am so thankful for the support and prayers from my parents, siblings, SSMO, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, friends and all the people that I have known throughout the years.”

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