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Together with all Catholic religious across Australia, we the Salesians recognise pain and sufferings of survivors and secondary victims of institutional child abuse, and we pledge a commitment for a much better future. We promise a safe way forward for all, especially the young and vulnerable adults in our care.

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Sr Kim Phuong’s First Profession

Sr Kim Phuong’s First Profession

My journey to being a salesian sister

Sr Kim Phuong FMA

Each one of us must choose a journey for our own life. A journey that only you have to carry out. Sometimes on the journey others walk with you, but sometimes you have to walk alone and continue on the journey that you have set out. Long journeys begin with small steps. Indeed, to take a small step requires the inner strength, the courage and the spirit to explore the unknown adventure. To choose a journey for your own life is not so easy.

Three years ago I made up my mind to follow the voice that whispered in my ears and I didn't know what the future would hold for me. All I knew was that I was in the hands of the Person (Jesus) that I had fallen in love with. I heard the call and I stepped out of myself to respond. I knew this journey would have lots of difficulties, but with perseverance I believed the result would be a hundredfold. I want nothing, I desire nothing except the love of God. I want to bring with me at the end of my life the love of God and the good deeds that I have done for others.

Finally my wish was granted. On 3 December 2016, my journey of being an FMA (Salesian Sister) just began - the day of my first FMA profession. Wow! How many years had I waited for this moment! But when that moment arrived it didn’t seem real to me, it was like a dream that carried my body and soul to heaven. Everything that happened on my first FMA profession day turned out perfectly for me. I am so grateful for the love that God has for me, and God knows where my heart belongs.

My desire is to become a fully alive person. My passion is to become an ‘FMA’ wanting to live the joyous life that God has called me to live. Mother Maria Mazzarello said “joy is the sign of a heart that really loves the Lord. We must never lose sight of our day to day journey of the great surrender”. I believe God’s grace will help me and I will have the strength and competence to go through all the obstacles in life. With St Teresa of Avila I pray to let nothing disturb me or make me afraid in following Christ.

“Let nothing disturb you; let nothing make you afraid; all things pass; but God is unchanged.
Patience is enough for everything. If you who have God, you lack nothing. God alone is sufficient”.

My dream is the driving force for me to look forward to the future with hope and trust that God will use me as He already has a plan for my life. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you” (John 15:16). May the love of God’s fire within me allow me to go forth to bear much fruit in my life and mission.

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