Sr. Trish Doan
Vietnamese Community Leader
“The program is open to students from different faith traditions and diverse backgrounds who are currently in ministry,” she says. “It offers a safe space where students are encouraged to share and engage in critical reflection on God, humanity, and the world.”
Sister Trish is applying her learnings at the Catholic Charities of Orange, where she serves Southern California’s Vietnamese community – the largest outside of Vietnam. “I meet with priests, Buddhist monks and nuns, and other indigenous religious leaders to learn the needs of their communities, identify opportunities for programs and services, and participate in different outreach events,” she explains. “I’m also helping build a Vietnamese-speaking team to meet community needs.”
After graduation, Sister Trish plans to continue her ministry to empower the community to build connections to their religious heritage and cultivate an awareness of God’s presence. “My ministry inspires me to be a contemplative listener to everyone. When I do that, I can meet their needs without judgment.”
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