Complete a Retreat House for Sisters in Malawi

Categories: Construction, Hope in Action

Complete a Retreat House for Sisters in MalawiThe Sisters of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus is an African congregation founded in 1929. Today, it has 168 fully professed sisters and ministers in the southern African countries of Malawi and Zambia.

Amazingly, the congregation continues to grow, thanks to the interest and faith of young African women.

In Malawi, the congregation runs a primary school and kindergarten, and in Zambia, they run a school for older children, including girls who would otherwise have no access to education. But schooling, while crucial, is just one part of the sisters’ mission.

They care for expectant mothers, malnourished children, and the sick in areas where there is no system of healthcare or clean water available. They tend to the personal and medical needs of entire villages, while also giving catechetical instruction and assisting priests in their pastoral work. And for all this, they receive no pay. They work wherever they are needed, out of love for God and their neighbor.

But the sisters need spiritual support, too. The congregation plans at least one retreat a year so they can recharge in peace and have time for contemplation.

Previous retreats were held at their novice house, but this is no longer an option. The novice house is needed for their novitiates, and the rooms that are still available there are not suited to retreat activities.

The congregation wants to build a separate space specifically for retreats and formation sessions. The sisters have baked bricks and carted sand for its construction; part of the building is already standing. But in order to finish it, they need our help.

ACN has promised $13,300 for doors, windows, sanitary facilities, roof sheeting, and other necessities. Will you join us in supporting these sisters as they serve Africa in Christ’s name?

We are sure they will remember you in their prayers.

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