by Huy Vu, C.Ss.R.
As the patron saint for Vietnamese Catholics, Our Lady of LaVang has been a source of comfort over the years of violent persecution. In modern times, Our Lady continues to be an inspiration for the faithful Vietnamese living in the diaspora. The Mother of God is very well traveled and recognized under many titles across the globe. As Our Lady of La Vang, she not only provides comfort in hard times, but also serves as a symbol of faith.
Desiring to foster devotion to our Blessed Mother, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S. initiated the idea of a place dedicated to Our Lady of La Vang in the Diocese of San Antonio in 2015. With the leadership of the Redemptorists, the Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church of San Antonio dedicated a new Shrine of Our Lady of La Vang on April 16. The celebration began with a procession, followed by a beautiful ceremonial dance before the celebration of the Eucharist. Participants included parishioners, neighbors from other parishes, and family and friends from Austin, Houston, California and even as far away as Philadelphia.
May Our Lady of La Vang continue to inspire those who seek her intercession.
Courtesy of Denverlink, issue of May 05, 2023