Support the Religious Formation of the Apostles of the Good Shepherd and of the Queen of the Cenacle in Burundi
Will you help these young men commit themselves wholeheartedly to the service of the Church and the people of Burundi?
The Congregation of the Apostles of the Good Shepherd and of the Queen of the Cenacle
was established in 1989 in the Archdiocese of Gitega, in Burundi, by Archbishop
Joachim Ruhuna. He wanted to have priests who “cultivate Adoration, preach,
hear confessions, form souls, train the young, support the dying and befriend
the poor and unfortunate.”
Right now Burundi is experiencing a resurgence of violence and unrest. The history of the country has been marked, from time immemorial, it seems, by violent conflicts, and a number of priests and religious were among the victims. The founder of the congregation, Archbishop Joachim Ruhuna was himself a victim; he was brutally murdered in 1996 by a group of armed assailants.
Before his death, Archbishop Ruhuna had received death threats because he had fearlessly campaigned for reconciliation between the rival Tutsi and Hutu tribes; he himself was a Tutsi. He did not live to see the end of the last bloody conflict in Burundi, which between 1993 and 2000 claimed some 250,000 lives and left some 1.5 million people homeless. Bishop Paul Schruers of Hasselt in Belgium, who knew the archbishop well, said after his death, "People used to say about him that he was neither a Tutsi nor a Hutu, but a father to us all.”
Like him, the priests of the congregation he founded also want to be good shepherds and “Fathers” to all. At the present time there are 12 young men preparing for ordination to the priesthood. We are supporting their training with a contribution of $9,800.
Will you help these young men commit themselves wholeheartedly to the service of the Church and the people of Burundi? We are sure they will remember you in their grateful prayers.
Project Code: 112-04-79
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