For 20 years now, the Dominican Sisters in Docordò, Colombia, have been trying to help young people. Through educational work and intensive personal accompaniment, they try to keep young people from falling into the clutches of the armed gangs, who are very prevalent and active in the region. Many of these young people are easily manipulated and exploited, often suffering from an inadequate upbringing, a difficult home background and a general aimlessness and lack of direction in life.
The archdiocesan major seminary in Olomouc can look back on a history of almost 230 years – though for close to 40 years this period was brutally interrupted by communist persecution. It was not until 1990, after the political upheavals in Eastern Europe, that the seminary was reopened – partly thanks to the help of ACN. The seminary had been ravaged and neglected by the communists for so long that it needed to be renovated from top to bottom.
In the 1930s, a dozen or more Ukrainian girls traveled to Belgium in order to prepare for the foundation of the first Redemptorist convent in their home country of Ukraine. It was not until 80 years later that this dream was finally able to see its fulfillment. The outbreak of the Second World War and …
The diocesan seminary has been popular since its founding in 1980: it has produced 500 priests in total, despite increasing violence against priests in Colombia. Today, at least 200 alums of Sonson-Rionegro work as missionaries in 18 countries; the bishop receives letters from all over the world, asking that he send his priests to underserved parishes.