“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Fund the Building of a Pastoral Center in Burundi
The small African nation of Burundi is one of the world’s poorest and least developed countries. It has recently been plagued by massacres, bloody unrest, and political crises; hundreds of thousands of people have either died or been forced to flee. A civil war that lasted from 1993 to 2005 left deep wounds, in both society and individual lives.
The Sisters of Our Lady of Schönstatt have been working in Burundi since 1962. Initially, they cared primarily for the sick and the poor, but they later became involved in the family, youth, and women’s apostolate, as the need for help in these areas became more apparent. Today, there are several hundred lay groups under the Sisters’ guidance: for young people, mothers, single women, female academics and female students. Members are growing in the faith and finding strength and inspiration for a good and meaningful life.
For the past three years, three Burundian Sisters of the community have been working in the Diocese of Muyinga in the north of the country. This northern region is even poorer than the South, but, undeterred by this, the Sisters have rolled up their sleeves and set to work.
Now the Sisters need a new place to live. Initially they lived in a very small and altogether inadequate apartment, but they will have to vacate very shortly, since the owner has other plans for it. But it is just for themselves that they need a home, as they also need a suitable place to work with the various groups. Without a center for their meetings and other activities, their work cannot go ahead properly.
The Sisters have decided to build a pastoral center where the group meetings, retreats, workshops and other events can be held. It will also have a garden, so that the course participants can withdraw to a place of quiet or enjoy outdoor group activities as well.
We are proposing to give $236,800 towards the cost of this project.
Will you help these Sisters build their new pastoral center to better serve the people of Burundi?
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