In mid-December 2020 we had a fun Christmas party at the Lac Thien Orphanage. We had contacted the caretakers and told them our plan to have a party for the orphans. We combined a regular visit with essential supplies with a special day for the children. The caretakers told us the orphanage’s current needs, and our team went out and did lots of shopping.

The children helped carry everything into the orphanage’s common room and we stacked it all up. On this visit, we brought bags of sweet rice, bean curd, mung beans, peanuts, seasonings, bottles of cooking oil, racks of eggs, toothbrushes, cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils, dish soap, and shampoo.

The children sat in little chairs, and our team handed out Santa hats and balloons to the little ones. They looked so adorable! Next, we handed out presents to all the children. The caretakers then brought out tables, and we served everyone cake, pie, and drinks. Such a fun party!

This special holiday visit was sponsored by Father John Bayer and Father Ambrose Strong on behalf of Cistercian Preparatory School. Thank you!!!


Founded in 2006, the Lac Thien Orphanage is part of the Phat Buu pagoda and lies north of Nha Trang in Ninh Hoa district. The orphanage’s origins are endearing. On a peaceful day, a baby was left at the gates of the pagoda. The nuns cared for him, and from that day on they have taken in orphan children from the area. The orphanage is run by the nuns of the pagoda and its head nun, Chon Minh. They rely entirely upon donations, most of which come from people in the community. There are about 30 children at the orphanage, from newborns to teenagers, and Lac Thien also takes in elderly whose family cannot care for them.