The terror of Boko Haram lives not only in Nigeria, but in the northern part of Cameroon, too. While organized armed attacks by Boko Haram have decreased in the face of a united military offensive by several African countries, there continue to be suicide bombings, murders and abductions in the affected areas. Many people are still living in fear.
The Catholic Diocese of Maroua-Mokolo in the Far North Region of Cameroon must contend with this reality along with other challenges. Not only is it situated in one of the poorest parts of the country, but it also takes in large numbers of Nigerian and Cameroonian refugees.
The people‘s faith is unbroken and despite the fear of attacks, faithful continue to flock into the churches. At the same time, the number of vocations is also growing. At present there are 32 seminarians training for the priesthood in the diocesan seminary, plus another 18 young men at the minor seminary and four more who are studying in their so-called “propaedeutic year” – a form of educational foundation year in preparation for entering the seminary proper. This is an astonishingly high number, given that there are only approximately 84,000 Catholics in the diocese.
Bishop Bruno Ateba Edo is naturally delighted at these vocations, but desperately needs financial assistance to be able to give these young men a solid and thorough formation. He asked ACN for help, and we are planning to give him $30,700.
Will you help us fulfill this commitment to help seminarians in this poor and threatened section of Cameroon?
We are sure these future priests will remember you in their grateful prayers.
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