Photos by Peter Monthienvichienchai / LiCAS News

By Reporter, Thailand

Dec 19 2023

Thabom, a remote village in the northeastern Thai province of Loei, has become a witness to a historic milestone in the more than 40-year presence of the Religious of the Assumption in the kingdom.

For the first time since the religious congregation established its mission in Thailand, an Assumption Sister has made her final vows in the country. 

On Dec 9, Sister Regina Maria of the Cross affirmed her faith during the Eucharistic celebration of the Rite of Profession of Perpetual Vows, which was presided over by Most Rev Joseph Luechai Thatwisai, Bishop of the Diocese of Udon Thani.

This marked a historic milestone for the Religious of the Assumption in Thailand, commemorated at the Catholic Parish of St Raphael the Archangel, where public record shows that Catholic missionaries arrived in this area as early as 1875.

“I feel that the life of the sisters here in Thabom inspired me to say yes to God forever.” said Sister Regina Maria, who grew up as Nguyễn Thị Trinh Nguyên. 

The missionary sister said that she has found love in Thabom with the “Buddhist brothers and sisters” and the “very warm-hearted” care that they showed her. 


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