OUR NEW ARRIVALS

Violette  Marie Olga Raherimaminiaina Lalaonirina

I am Malagasy, born on May 13, 1978 in Fianarantsoa. My father's name is Benjamin Rakotomandimby.  He passed away October 17, 2016.  My mother's name is Marie-Louise Razanaka. I am the third child of 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls.

I considered religious life when I was in High School. However, I spoke about my desire for religious life to a Jesuit Brother in my final year.  He was in charge of a youth association, especially for girls thinking about a religious vocation.

I began contacting the FMM in 1999.  After obtaining my bachelor's degree, I was welcomed as a candidate in Antananarivo on August 28, 2000. I entered the pre-novitiate on September 8, 2001 and began my novitiate on October 4, 2002. My temporary profession was on August 15, 2004. After my first vows, I worked for three years as a college bursar. I also studied Education at a private Catholic university from 2008 to 2010.  On September 17, 2011, I celebrated my perpetual profession.

From 2011 to 2013, I was in charge of a high school as I waited for my departure to a new posting in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I arrived in our Province of Congo Lubumbashi on September 24, 2013. I worked in a girls’ boarding school administration and as the bursar of the community.

I returned to Madagascar on July 27, 2016 to take my vacation and to look after my health. I followed a treatment for two years.  During this period, I was the assistant director of a high school. For health reasons, Sr. Françoise Massy, General Superior, changed my new posting to Canada. I arrived in Montreal on November 20, 2018. On December 31 2018, I left for Toronto where I will learn English.

Violette  Raherimaminiaina, fmm

Maria Madalena Nguyen Thi Ngoc Thu

My name is Maria Madalena Nguyen Thi Ngoc Thu.  I am in my fifth year of temporary profession as a Franciscan Missionary of Mary. I was born in 1988 in Khanh Hoa Province in the middle region of Vietnam. My family has nine members: my parents, three older sisters, two younger sisters, a youngest brother and me.

I studied at Nha Trang College of Art Culture and Tourism and my major is Arts Education. In 2006, when I finished high school, I entered the FMM Candidate House next to the FMM Novitiate thanks to an introduction by an OFM Father from my parish. The first thing that impressed me is the very warm welcome of the FMM sisters. I saw such joy and peace on their faces. At that time, I wanted to become an FMM sister to be happy like them.

When I entered the Institute, I started to learn how to live more appropriately in the religious life, concretely, as an FMM sister with Mary of the Passion's Charism. I love my vocation and the FMM so much!

Mary of the Passion stated, “The world is our home”. Now I’m delighted in the opportunity to live an international experience in Canada. I have just been here a short time, but I’m feeling at home because of the way I was welcomed by my sisters here.

I thank God because now I'm here and day by day I am learning to adapt the Charism into my life. Thanks to our Vietnamese Province for this opportunity. Thanks, Sister Liliane, our sisters in Saint Francois d'Assise community, and all the sisters in the Canadian Province for opening your hearts to welcome us. Day by day, I live in gratitude to God, to the Institute, and to all the sisters. Please continue to pray for my journey! Thanks so much!

Madalena Nguyen, fmm

Theresa Nguyen Thi Truc Giang

I am Theresa Nguyen Thi Truc Giang, a third-year temporary professed sister in the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. I was born in 1989 in a small town in the southern region of Vietnam. There are five members in my family: my parents, two younger brothers and me. From my background, I had good conditions to grow up with a dream of becoming a religious. My parents always supported me a lot in my vocation.

After graduation from high school in 2007, while I was studying in the university, I was an aspirant in a small community where the majority of aspirants stay for studies and discovering their vocation also. In five years I finished my university, majoring in Russian and English. Then, I had one year for an experience of community life before entering the Pre-Novitiate in 2013. Through small and big events, I have experienced the loving hand of God intervening in my vocation to change me and to grow in Fmm life. Mainly, I felt attracted to becoming a missionary.

In 2016, I was so happy to make my first vows as a breakthrough in my life and I was sent to a community with the mission of teaching music and English to children. This made me more mature in my relationship with God and others through different challenges. After one year, I moved to the provincial house to learn theology in Lasalle Institute where almost all the young Fmm sisters of Viet Nam have two years to deepen theological knowledge for future missions.

I was so happy when I knew I would have a chance to gain international experience in Canada in December 2018. I want to express my gratitude to all the sisters in Viet Nam and to the Institute that gives me this chance to live more fully my Fmm vocation. As an Fmm and every moment of my life, I feel happy to be transformed in God’s love. Thank God for everything He has done for me!!!

Theresa Nguyen, fmm