A New Chapel for a Growing Village Community in Benin

Categories: Construction, Hope in Action

The Most Holy Trinity Parish is based in the west African nation of Benin. Like so many other rural parishes in Africa, it serves several distant villages. Its members must travel great lengths in order to participate in the Mass and receive the Eucharist.

The parish’s largest outstation is the village of Damouti, which has only a mud hut that functions as a chapel. The priests come here to celebrate the Mass, and the community enthusiastically participates in the May devotions, the Holy Rosary, and catechetical sessions.

A New Chapel for a Growing Village Community in Benin

But Damouti’s small hut cannot accommodate the growing parish. More than half of the congregation stands outside during Mass, exposed to burning heat and torrential rain. Needless to say, it is difficult to follow the liturgy under these conditions.

Still, every year, there are more baptisms. 60 percent of the parish still follow African religious traditions, but they are open to the Good News of Christ.

The parish needs a larger chapel, but they cannot finance this undertaking alone. So, they have turned to ACN for support, and we would like to help them with a contribution of $17,000.

Can you help build a chapel for Benin’s faithful?

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