There is a small Catholic community living in Kizilorda in the southwest of Kazakhstan, a town with a population of some 270,000 people. Most of the local Catholics are people of German, Polish and Lithuanian extraction. For the past 10 years, they have been ministered to by a Catholic priest who travels regularly from the town of Shymkent, a little over 300 miles away.
The Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel have been present in Sri Lanka since 1959. Their congregation was founded in India in 1868, principally in order to provide young girls with a scholastic education, but at the same time with the intention of placing Christ at the very center of their lives.