Language Sites
  • UCAN China
  • UCAN India
  • UCAN Indonesia
  • UCAN Vietnam

Weekly family seminar attracts Vietnamese

Church-run program on problem management is helpful for parents

Weekly family seminar attracts Vietnamese
Cake marking the 100th weekly discussion reporter, Ho Chi Minh City

January 11, 2011

Mail This Article
(For more than one recipient, type addresses separated by commas)

Church-run weekly discussions on family values and problem management have brought together tens of thousands of people in Vietnam. “Some 20,000 people, especially young people have attended our discussions on Saturdays during the past two years,” said Dominican Sister Maria Nguyen Thi Hong Que on Jan. 8 during a special program marking the 100th discussion at the Pastoral Center in Ho Chi Minh City. Sister Que, who started the discussion in November 2008, told that 130-200 participants including followers of other faiths attend the Saturday sessions. They “aim to provide people with human and religious values and dignity so as to build communities for love, peace and promotion of tolerance,” she said. She added that key speakers including priests, Religious, pastors, Buddhist monks, psychologists, educators and doctors, advise participants on the management of family problems and conflicts between parents and children and of homosexual relationship. They are also informed about parenting skills, life’s skills and values, impacts from abortion and child rearing, the nun said. “I apply parenting skills to educating my children and deepening our marriage,” Cecilia Nguyen Thi Dao, a participant, told, saying that such discussion is helpful for parents. A 24-year-old participant said the sessions helped her respect her body and avoid premarital sex. Sister Que said the summary of the sessions are mailed to 130,000 readers and uploaded on website. The weekly discussion is part of a series of programs launched by the Committee for Family of Ho Chi Minh City archdiocese. Related reports Vietnamese get to grips with the meaning of family  VT12803.1636
Want more stories like this?
Sign up to receive UCAN Daily or Weekly newsletters (You can select one or more)
Want more stories like this?
Sign up to UCAN Daily or Weekly newsletters
You can select one or more
First Cut
Morning Daily
(Morning Daily)
Full Bulletin
Afternoon Daily
(Afternoon Daily)