Please support the persecuted Church and her faithful
“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
The Rosarians were Asia’s first contemplative male religious congregation. They were established in 1928 by Father Bastiampillai Anthonipillai Thomas, who was born in a village near Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Since 1950, the congregation has also had a female branch.
Today, the Rosarians have 25 monasteries, mostly in Sri Lanka and India. Since this is a poor, native congregation, it lacks the resources of an international religious family. Consequently, ACN supports the Institute, both in Sri Lanka and India, with a range of different projects, including Mass stipends and help for the formation of its novices.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our help is needed more than ever. In Sri Lanka, a lockdown has been imposed since the middle of March, and public worship is forbidden.
Father Anil, who serves at the monastery in Kochchikade, told us about the monastery’s experience of the last few months. Father Anil’s region is densely populated and one of the country’s worst affected by COVID-19. “Within our convent we have been able to maintain our regular prayer times, Eucharistic Adoration, and the celebration of Holy Mass. We have prayed and made sacrifices for the people. I have the feeling that we have been permitted to experience many blessings during this time.”
He continued, “At present, we have no income, but we rejoice to share what little we have with our neighbors and with the poor.” During the lockdown, the Rosarians have continued to visit the poor and bring them both Holy Communion and material help while observing the required safety precautions. “We shared with them whatever generous people had brought and helped everyone who requested our help. And we are continuing to help them as much as we can.”
We have offered to give your kind Mass Offerings to the 30 Rosarian priests of the Sri Lankan congregation, a total value of $22,000. These Masses will be celebrated for the intentions of their benefactors, and your offerings will be a vital contribution to the Rosarians’ community.
Will you support 30 Rosarian Fathers as they serve the poor and faithful in Sri Lanka?
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“Beirut is a devastated city. It’s a war scene – there is destruction and desolation in all its streets, its districts and its houses.”
Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai.
The destruction caused by the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate which exploded inside a warehouse was immediate, its impact intensely felt by the Christian quarter.
For a country hit by civil unrest, economic collapse, COVID and now disaster, how much more can our faithful endure? Please give today.