"If you are what you should be you will set the whole world on fire!"
- St. Catherine of Siena
Sr. Eileen Phuong
First Profession of Vows – June 5, 1999
Final Profession of Vows – June 11, 2005
Favorite Bible Quote – “Here I am, Lord. I come to do your will.” (Psalm 40:2)
Favorite Food – the Eucharist
Favorite Color – Blue
Favorite Movie – Mary, the Mother of Jesus (1999)
Favorite Book – The Imitation of Christ
Favorite Song/Music Genre – Christian music
Advice for Someone Discerning– "Will you follow Christ?"
Favorite Story as a Sister –
One day when I was the charge nurse on the Rehab Unit of a nursing home, I was caring for a 78 year old patient who had had hip surgery and was under general anesthesia for a long period of time. When he came to my unit he was sleeping very soundly and finally he woke up. I came over and introduced myself: Hello, I am Sr. Eileen, I will be your nurse today. He woke up with terrified face: " Am I still alive?"
A couple of days later when 4 of his adult sons came to see him, he shared with them this story: " The surgery went well, but the anesthesia knocked me out really hard. When I woke up, I saw nobody except Sr.Eileen. She wore all white and I thought I was dead, since an Angel of God came to greet me".
I love who I am and what I do...Being a nun for 23 years and being a nurse for 14 years help me see Religious life as a blessing. I see that by being faithful to God's call I can bring God's blessings and healings to all the lives I touch.