Year Joined MKLM: 2015
Focus: Sustainable Development and Pastoral
Hong and Sonny were both born in Vietnam and migrated to the United States where they met each other and married. They joined Maryknoll Lay Missioners with the Fall 2015 Orientation Class. They have two children. In the US, both Hong and Sonny have been active in supporting an orphanage in Vietnam and with a program to bring educational assistance to the poor in Vietnam. They were active in the Vietnamese Catholic community in their parish in Houston. Hong is an accountant and insurance agent.
Hong acknowledges that joining MKLM and serving in mission has been a long-term goal, “I’ve been dreaming about doing mission for a long time since I was young.”
Hong Nguyen is working with Manos con Libertad, a co-operative of prisoners from San Sebastián Women’s prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia and those who are on probation outside. These ladies are trapped by terrible poverty and a cycle of ever increasing debt and for reasons related to this are, or were, imprisoned. Hong works in the administration department where she helps with accounts payable, inventory, payroll and other administrative duties. Hong also works with Leer Con Alegria, an MKLM ministry created to help children with learning disabilities through a special after school program. At Leer Con Alegria, Hong teaches the children how to read and write and other learning activities.