Support for the Life and Ministry of Religious Sisters and Deacons in Venezuela
The Sisters and the deacons themselves, too, have to struggle for their daily bread, for vital medical care and for the essential tools they urgently need for themselves and for others. We are proposing to help them with a contribution of $11,600. Will you help with your support?
Venezuela is currently
in a state of profound economic and political crisis. Galloping inflation has
turned many everyday commodities into unaffordable luxuries. The water supply
is inadequate in many areas, while the medical care system has virtually collapsed.
Insecurity and violence are everywhere and the murder rate is rising.
In the Diocese of La
Guaira in the north of the country, there are 14 religious Sisters from various
different congregations who are helping to care for the needy population, along
with two permanent deacons and two deacons training for ordination to the
priesthood. Family breakdown is increasingly widespread, with many children
left to their own devices and old people with no one to care for them. The
crisis is driving more and more people into a state of apathy and despair.
Disillusioned and embittered, they no longer have the strength to hope or to
care lovingly for one another. The result, once again, is an increase in
violence, drug addiction and crime.
There is plenty of work
for the Sisters and the deacons to do. They care for the elderly and for
orphans, run a midday meal service for children who have no one to care for
them at home, run a charity clothing store for the poor and care for the sick. Most
important is their pastoral work, since through it they are bringing light and
hope to the hearts of the people.
They are proclaiming
the Good News to the children and young people in the catechism classes, taking
Holy Communion to the sick, leading Bible study groups, running day retreats
and going out visiting the remotest villages. They are also training lay
catechists who can prepare people in the parishes for the sacraments and
explain the Word of God to them. All of this work represents a vital
contribution to helping the people escape from the vicious spiral of despair
Needless to say, the Sisters
and the deacons themselves are profoundly affected by the economic crisis. They,
too, have to struggle for their daily bread, for vital medical care and for the
essential tools they urgently need for themselves and for others.
We are proposing to
help them with a contribution of $11,600. Will you give to support the life and
ministry of these religious Sisters and deacons as they attempt to help
We are sure they will
gratefully remember you in their prayers.
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