The Nun Who Builds Bridges Between Asia and America

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A Catholic nun is successfully building bridges between Asia and America. Her bridges connect hearts; connect cities; and connects countries. Her inspiring works are strengthening healthy hopes of people of these two continents.

A bridge of hope

American attack on Vietnam shattered the hopes of Vietnam, separated families and severed communities, leaving them in a desperate condition. Miraculous escape and reunion of Sister Sen Nguyen when she was just a teenage girl has paved way to a miraculous bridging between Vietnam and America. Bridging Hope founded by the Franciscan sister, named Sister Sen Nguyen, is doing wonderful works in building up hope of hundreds of people.

The unexpected separation and the miraculous reunion of Sister Sen Nguyen
The inspiring journey of the Franciscan Sister Sen Nguyen to hope is miraculous.The nun herself is convinced that the incident that lead to her starting Bridging Hope is a real miracle. Her escape from her village when it was bombed by the American army, her reunion with her mom after many months of separation because of the attack and her joining a missionary congregation all seem to the nun a great miracle of divine providence.



The inspiring journey of the Franciscan Sister Sen Nguyen


When Saigon was bombed and collapsed in 1975, people just fell dead near the village where Sen Nguyen lived. She was much distressed by the corpses of children lining the beach in her village. Sen was just 17 years old. But she was courageous enough to cross a bridge to help the dying people on the other side. But when she was there the bridge that connected her village and the city, where she went to help people, was bombed and she could not reach back her village.

Somehow she managed to go back after many days. She found her village completely ruined and her mom, her only relative, was not there. What can a poor teenager do? After many months, she came to know that her mom was alive in the US. Without money or anything in her hand, she reached her mom in Denver.

There she joined a religious congregation and became a nun. When the war between Vietnam and America was stopped in 1991, Nguyen was allowed to travel to Vietnam and reestablish the lost connections. The pitiable plight of her people moved Nguyen. Children were living on streets, begging for food. Young women were forced into prostitution just to survive. This abominable condition led to start Bridging Hope.

What does Bridging Hope do?


Sister Sen Nguyen who is serving in the Franciscan congregation in America is connecting the people of Colorado with the people of Vietnam through her foundation called Bridging Hope. The non-profit projects she has launched along with her advisor John Kane are carrying out wonderful services to build up hope in the minds of Vietnam people.

Bridging Hope provides jobs to the isolated poor women, feeds the abandoned children, arranges adopting Vietnamese children in the US, and helps the Vietnam veterans and their generations to start a life of hope. Bridging Hope creates awareness among the benevolent people of Colorado and with their charity provides assistance to indigent, ill, disadvantaged, and disabled women and children in Vietnam. The net result of these efforts has been to remove the misperception of Vietnamese people that Americans are their enemies. Though the activities are small they are really doing a constructive work.

As Blessed mother Teresa of Kolkata has said, “The fruit of faith is love; the fruit of love is service; and the fruit of service is peace.”
This peace is achieved through the miraculously inspired journey of Sister Sen Nguyen.

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Bridge Bombed, Bridging Hope, Catholic Nun, Charity Work, Colorado, Connecting Countries, Lost Relationship, Miraculous Escape, Remove Enmity And Hatred, Sister Sen Nguyen, Vietnam Attack

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
9th Oct 2012 (#)

A fine account of a noble woman.

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author avatar vpaulose
9th Oct 2012 (#)

Thank you

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author avatar Retired
9th Oct 2012 (#)

Inspiring! Thanks for sharing, VP

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author avatar vpaulose
9th Oct 2012 (#)

Thanks dear RD

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Oct 2012 (#)

Inspiration beyond our realm. Thanks for the share, VP - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
9th Oct 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Siva,

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author avatar Denise O
9th Oct 2012 (#)

My dear brother, I have so many words for you so, sorry but I must take up a bit of your space. I was living in Guam when Saigon fell, my dad was USAF, I had been in Guam since 71. I remember that time so well, it is in my heart and soul to this day. At almost 12 years old, that time in my life and the events unfolding, it then helped cement who I will try to be (daily and still fail at times, sadly) and what my job is, to accomplish here on earth. Look up tenet city in Guam. That will tell part of the story. When Saigon fell, we were flooded with those that were running for their lives. We had airplanes, helicopters, ships and what ever they could muster up, just full of folks, scared, tired, hurt and some died and yet so close to freedom. I was there from 71-77 (also in Japan 64-69) and I know that the men and women that were on the American side wanted to help and they did. I saw someone get freedom for the first time, I was just so sad (and still shed tears to this day), that we could not save all of them. What a well written (with so much of your heart put in) story of this wonderful woman Sister Sen Nguyen. God bless you my friend and her. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar vpaulose
9th Oct 2012 (#)

I was really moved by your story, my dear sister Denise. With hope we can build a new world. With love we can succeed. Thank you dear sister Denise for sharing.

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author avatar Denise O
9th Oct 2012 (#)

Also my friend, a well deserved star page!:)

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author avatar vpaulose
9th Oct 2012 (#)

Thank you.

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author avatar Denise O
9th Oct 2012 (#)

You are most welcome my friend. I wanted to correct one part, that would be...*Tent City :)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Oct 2012 (#)

So fascinating. I didn't know anything about Bridging Hope until I read this amazing article. What an inspiration this Fransiscan nun is to all of us - no matter what our religion.

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author avatar vpaulose
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Love and charity beyond religions is godly.

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