A House and Formation Center for a Community of Priests in Bolivia
Sitting at an altitude of almost 12,000 feet, La Paz is the third largest city in Bolivia and its capital in all but name. It is also growing constantly, owing to the steady influx of people from the rural regions, and now has a population of approximately 1 million. This population increase is likewise resulting in a steady growth of the parishes within the city. Close to 80% of the population in Bolivia is Catholic, while at the same time there are far too few priests.
The Parish of Saint Joseph the Worker (San José Obrero) in La Paz now serves a population of 50,000 people. The parish is very active and many young people are involved in its activities. There are 33 schools within its pastoral area.
Also present within the parish is a community of the new spiritual movement Cristo Pastor (Christ the Shepherd) which has priests who live in community and whose vocation is the promotion of priestly vocations. Fifteen young men have joined this community and are currently undergoing formation here.
While these young men represent a veritable sign of hope for the Church in Bolivia, one of the challenges they face lies in the fact that the building currently at their disposal is far too small and cramped. As a result, they are planning to build a new house where the priests and the trainees/seminarians can live and which will also have sufficient space for guests.
We are proposing to support this project with a contribution of $28,700.
Can you help us fulfill our promise to support the construction of a house and formation center for this community of priests in Bolivia?
We are sure they will remember you in their grateful prayers.
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