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Our Lady of La Vang & Vietnamese Catholicism

Explore the devotion to Our Lady of La Vang and the strength of the Vietnamese Catholic faith with Angela Sealana and her guest, Fr. Johnson Lê. Enjoy this tale of hope, heritage, and healing.

On today’s journey, you will:

• Learn about a title of Mother Mary which is unique to Vietnam.
• Discover the story & message behind Our Lady of La Vang.
• And, you’ll find hope from the beautiful testimony of Vietnamese Catholic expressions of faith.

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Featured Image courtesy of Fr. Johnson Lê. All rights reserved.

Guest Information

Rev Johnson Lê was born in New Orleans, LA to My Lê and Lynn Vũ. He grew up in Arlington, TX but eventually made his way down to San Antonio. Father Johnson was ordained on June 2, 2018. He served as parochial vicar of St Rose of Lima in San Antonio. He was named Administrator of St Ann Catholic Church in La Vernia, TX and has been serving there since July 1, 2021.

He is part of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, which is a Papal Order of Knighthood and the only lay institution of the Vatican State charged with the task of providing for the needs of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and of all the activities and initiatives to support the Christian presence in the Holy Land. The best way to his heart is food and community. You can also find him around church grounds with his faithful companion: King Louis, a French Bulldog. 

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Jewel for the Journey

"During the most glorious events of our Lord’s public life - his transfiguration on Mount Tabor and his entry into Jerusalem - Mary remained hidden. But at times of gravest danger - the flight into Egypt, the way of the cross to Calvary, her sorrowful watch at the foot of the cross, and her vigil in the upper room with the apostles - Mary courageously chose to be present. She did not live for herself, but only for the Lord and his work of redemption." - His Eminence Francis Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận

Get More Out of Your Journey

Explore the writings of Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan.

Featured Image courtesy of Fr. Johnson Lê. All rights reserved.

Where is Our Lady of La Vang Shrine Located?

Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church and Our Lady of La Vang Shrine, San Antonio, TX

Basilica of Our Lady of La Vang, Quảng Trị, Vietnam