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Basic Support for Religious Sisters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Last year, the Daughters of Mercy of the Third Order of Saint Francis celebrated the centenary of their foundation. The congregation was established in 1920 in today‘s Croatia, and eight years later, it was incorporated in the Third Order of Saint Francis. 

Today the Daughters of Mercy are present in 14 different countries, with 52 separate communities spread across Europe, Africa and Latin America. They help the poor and needy, care for the sick, teach in schools and are particularly involved in the education and upbringing of girls and young women. They also give catechetical instruction and perform other important duties in the parishes, helping wherever they find people in corporal or spiritual need. 

The Sisters are active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the poorest countries on earth. Here the congregation is blessed with young vocations. In Maluku, in the Archdiocese of Kinshasa, two African Sisters have already taken their permanent vows, while one Sister has now taken her temporal vows and five other young women are just beginning their spiritual formation.

The Sisters in Maluku are particularly active in caring for young girls, children at risk and young mothers in difficulties. Since they work for love and do not have any financial income, they are dependent on outside help to cover the costs of such things as rent for their house, electricity, water, food and medical provision, transportation and all the many other practical things they urgently need. Although they live very modestly, the financial burden of all these things is too much for them. It is also becoming ever more difficult for their Sisters in religion in other countries to help and support them, since in many countries they, too, are facing severe economic crisis, while at the same time the pandemic is making it harder for them to survive themselves.

The Sisters have turned to ACN, confident of our support. Sister Mirela and her fellow Sisters have great trust in Divine Providence – and likewise in the generosity of our benefactors. We have no wish to disappoint their trust and so we have already promised them $7,100.

Will you help use fulfill this promise to these Daughters of Mercy as they strive to serve God and those in need in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the poorest countries on earth?

We are sure they will remember you in their grateful prayers.

Aid to the Church in Need commits to invest your funds where they will have the greatest impact for the Church that we serve. Funds donated to Aid to the Church in Need’s projects will be used towards the greatest need in our programs to help keep the Faith alive.

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