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On Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 4:15 p.m., our Novices, Sisters Kim Xuan Thi Nguyen and Symphonie Giao-Huong Ngoc Ngo, along with Sister Mary Patricia Driscoll, had the exhilarating experience of being greeted by Pope Francis at the beginning of the Canonization Mass of the now St. Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. which is on the campus of The Catholic University of America. 
A special section was reserved for Major Superiors in the outdoor assembly at the Mass so that Pope Francis knew of their presence with him. Novices from throughout the U.S. were seated in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Pope Francis greeted them as he walked up the main aisle to prepare for Mass. We saw both Sisters Kim and Symphonie during the CNN coverage of the unprecedented event! Sister Kim Xuan Thi Nguyen got to shake the Pope’s hand! A video of this memorable moment can be seen by clicking: 

Sisters Symphonie and Kim
in front of the CCVI emblem.

Sisters Mary Patricia, Kim and Symphonie are joined by Seminarian Christian Camilo Vergara

In one of Sister Mary Patricia’s emails, she said “We had the good fortune of going to the Shrine the day before and were delighted to see the CCVI Emblem on one of its pillars downstairs.” Another of her emails reads “We met Cardinal DiNardo from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston who is also Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He recognized us right away and sends his regards to Sr. Kevina.” On September 23, 2015, she wrote “We are lined up since 7:30 a.m. for the Mass at 4:15 p.m. We want to be sure that we have a good seat in the Basilica to salute Pope Francis on behalf of all CCVIs! We are praying for all of you; the energy here is electric.” 
The Sisters were overjoyed to have had this once in a life-time opportunity and are most grateful to Sr. Kevina and the Leadership for inviting them to participate. ¡Viva Papa Francisco! 


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