The Our Lady of La Vang Shrine Project honors the faith and sacrifices of the local Vietnamese-American Catholic community, the largest outside of Vietnam. It will mark their journey from war and persecution, guided and protected by the Blessed Virgin Mary, to a new reality where their faith and community are vibrant and ascendant.
In the late 18th century many Vietnamese Catholics fled brutal persecution to the remote mountains of La Vang. An apparition of a Lady in a simple dress and a gold crown, holding a child, appeared to them. She spoke words of love and comfort during a time of great suffering and showed them how to make healing medicines from trees growing in the forest nearby.
A shrine to the Blessed Mother, Our Lady of La Vang was built at the site, burned in 1805, rebuilt in 1900, and then enlarged in 1928. Pilgrims from around the world journey there and many have reported miraculous cures.