Help Extend a Novice House for Religious Sisters in Brazil
Project Code: 212-05-19
Throughout the world, over 702,500 religious Sisters today live out their vocation. The ‘yes’ they have given to God requires that they give up everything to follow the One who has called them. While in the Western world many convents have been forced to close as the Sisters age and no new vocations follow, in other parts of the world there is a growing number of young people willing to respond to God's call.
In Asia, Africa and some parts of Latin America, many young girls and women are giving their lives to God. It seems as though the willingness to obey the voice of love and to say, with Mary, "I am the handmaid of the Lord," is greater than in those places where material wealth has not deafened people’s hearts to the call: "Follow Me."
The young congregation of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará can rejoice in a wealth of young vocations. Founded in 1989 in Argentina, the congregation already numbers more than 1000 Sisters today who exercise their apostolate in over 30 different countries on all five continents. The ever-growing number of new vocations receive their training in 26 different houses.
In Brazil, too, more and more young women are joining the congregation. But while it is wonderful news that the formation house in São Paulo is simply bursting at the seams, it also presents the congregation with a major challenge: the addition of an entire new wing to the building to be able to accommodate and train these young women. Needless to say, this costs money, and the congregation, whose Sisters serve the poor and who themselves live a life of the greatest simplicity, do not have the funds to do so.
ACN has promised them $7,400, so that they can build and enlarge the formation house of this flourishing young congregation.
Will you give to extend the novice house for this flourishing community of religious Sisters in Brazil? We are sure they will gratefully remember you in their prayers.
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