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A Car for Dominican Sisters in Belarus

In 1992, almost immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union, three Dominican Sisters from Poland came to Belarus and began their apostolate in the town of Baranovichi. Evidently, their example was powerful: the order has a significant number of local vocations, with no fewer than 18 Sisters coming from Belarus and more young women waiting to join the order.

Today, Baranovichi is a city of 170,000 people, and within the parish, the Sisters have several duties. They are sacristans and parish clerks; they work with children and young people, as well as the sick and the elderly. Some hundred people attend their catechism classes; they ferry the frail to church or bring them Holy Communion; and at Christmas, they prepare gifts for those in need.

The three Sisters in Baranovichi currently have only one car at their disposal, which is 10 years old and increasingly unreliable. But they have urgent need for a dependable vehicle: in addition to their ordinary pastoral duties, they travel hundreds of miles to other diocesan centers for retreats and ongoing formation sessions.

The Sisters cannot afford a new vehicle, so they have turned to ACN for help. A car with a larger trunk would be helpful, since they often transport many things, like the Christmas packages. We have promised to help them with a contribution of $11,100 towards the cost of a new vehicle.

Will you help the Dominican Sisters of Belarus purchase the vehicle they need to perform their ministry?

The Sisters thank you in advance and will keep you in their prayers!

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