At 15, Sister Cecilia Pham boarded a crowded boat in her beloved homeland of Vietnam and set out with a few family members on a difficult journey to the United States. They were fleeing an oppressive Communist regime that among other atrocities had taken possession of their family business. It was their third attempt to escape. The family left relatives, friends and everything they owned.
But Sister Cecilia has found hope, community and purpose in St. Louis, serving God and her fellow country people through her work at the Vietnamese Health Clinic at St. Francis Community Service’s Southside Center.