Extend a Retreat Center in Belarus
Will you help Father Pawlukiewicz complete this retreat center in Belarus so that more people can find new life in Christ?
The village of Ros in the Diocese of Grodno has been a
special place for centuries. There is an image here of the Suffering Christ
that has been revered for 400 years and which still draws many Catholic
faithful seeking graces from God – and in many cases also receiving them. Many
needs have been entrusted over the years to Christ, and many people have
experienced healing of body or soul or gone away comforted in their cares.
Among other things, many childless couples have come here, who have suffered
for many years and now been granted the grace of finally becoming parents.
In recent years Ros has become a place of pilgrimage
for Catholics from all over the country. This is above all due to Father
Czeslaw Pawlukiewicz, the charismatic parish priest, whose retreats here now
attract thousands of people each year. There have been many conversions, many
people seeking and finding help in their difficulties, many succeeding in
shaking off their addiction to drugs or alcohol or the occult and growing in a
living relationship with Jesus Christ. For many, this has been the beginning of
a new life.
The Catholic Church is also involved in a state-run
program intended to combat the high rate of suicide in the country. Through
this inner renewal and the experience that God is truly working in their lives
many people are now finding a way out of their despair and hopelessness.
Currently there are no proper accommodations in the
town either for these pilgrims or for the people taking part in the retreats. At
present, most have found accommodation in the houses of the local villagers. Now
Father Pawlukiewicz has begun work on converting a building – a former school
and later a library – into a retreat center.
ACN has already helped with $163,100 and has now
promised a further $21,800 to enable the completion of the extensive renovation
Will you help Father Pawlukiewicz complete this
retreat center in Belarus so that more people can find new life in Christ?
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