Marcel Van was born in 1928 in a largely Catholic village in the north of Vietnam.He was admitted to the Redemptorist monastery in Hanoi as a postulant lay brother at the age of 16. In July 1954 North Vietnam was taken over by the Communists, followed by a mass exodus of Catholics to the South, including his family. Brother Marcel pleaded with his superiors to be allowed to return to the North as he felt that there should be someone to love God amongst the Communists. He was then arrested in Hanoi on a trumped-up charge and his refusal to confess to any crime resulted in a sentence of 15 years imprisonment. He died in a Communist prison, aged 31.
Brother Marcel Van wrote many letters, over 300 were kept by his novice-master. These letters are now published for the first time in English.
Volume III in the complete works of Marcel Van
978 085244 811 3
590 pages £25