the clergyman summed up the 1695-1802 period as one of formation, the 1802 -1885 period as a period of tribulation, and the 1885–1960 period as one of development. Since 1960 the Vietnamese Church has been in its period of “maturity”.

Unnamed laity from Vietnam said that “today there are catechists who are working with children living in very difficult circumstances, social workers helping the poor and people living with HIV/AIDS. In our commitment to social work we bring the Gospel to those who have thirst and hunger for the love of Jesus.”