Support the Training of Novice Franciscan Sisters in El Salvador
Project Code: 218-05-79
The Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the
Immaculate Conception was founded in 1874 in Mexico City. Today it has over
1,100 Sisters and close to 150 convents in various Latin American countries, as
well as in Africa and Europe. The Sisters’ principal charism is the education
of the young, the teaching of catechesis and the care of the sick and elderly.
Happily, there has been no lack of young women ready
to join the congregation. In El Salvador it currently has eight novices. For
decades now life in this, the smallest country of Central America, has been
lived against a background of violence. From 1981 until 1991 there was a bloody
civil war that cost thousands of human lives. Still to this day the country is
plagued by violence and has one of the highest crime rates in the world. Gang
warfare is a major source of insecurity, and the murders, abductions,
extortions, robberies and other forms of violence leave the people in constant
fear for their lives. And, as if this were not enough, the country is
frequently struck by natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes,
volcanic eruptions, heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides,
Many young people see no future for themselves and
feel that life is meaningless. The Sisters have an important task here in
helping young people to find a way into a better future.
We are helping this year with a contribution of $5,200,
for the training of the eight novices who have chosen to place their lives in
the service of God and neighbor. Will you join in supporting the training of
Sisters in El Salvador?
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