The video below of this presentation is unique and inspiring.

In 1999 I was introduced to Cardinal Nguyen van Thuan by Archbishop Valerian D’Souza of Poona in India. Archbishop D’Souza gave me a copy of the Cardinal’s book “Five Loaves and Two Fish” which was most absorbing for me. Having read the book I set about trying to entice Cardinal van Thuan to come to new Zealand to speak at one of our future conventions. The Cardinal responded by letter informing me that while he would love to come to New Zealand to share his story his health at that time was not good making such a long journey impossible; sadly he died a short time later.

When the opportunity arose for the Cardinal’s youngest sister Elizabeth to make the journey to New Zealand to talk about her brother’s life we grabbed it with both arms.

This video is a recording of Elizabeth’s address – what an amazing story she has.

Following the the advertising blurb that was used to advertise her talk that year –


She is the sister of the late Cardinal Francois-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan. If his name rings a bell, it’s probably because Fr Paul Glynn spoke about him at previous Eucharistic Conventions. Elizabeth will give a talk about her late brother that she had planned to give in America.

Elizabeth, the youngest of eight, left her native Vietnam in 1968. She was educated in Australia, and then made Canada her home.

Married and the mother of three, Elizabeth has for years served on the Catholic Board of Education of Ontario and takes care of religious and family life programmes. She frequently gives talks on religious freedom. Her website offers a wealth of family information. (


Speaker Categories: 2005.