Mass stipends for 31 Priests in Nepal

For most people Nepal conjures up images of the great mountains of the Himalayas and of a land dear to mountaineers. Indeed, it is home not only to Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth, but also to another seven of the highest mountains in the world. The population of the country includes a number of different ethnic groups, and the majority of its 30 million inhabitants are Hindus. The mere 8,000 or so Catholics in the country thus constitute only a tiny minority of the population.

Although few in numbers, the Catholic Church in Nepal is alive and thriving. Nonetheless, the pandemic has hit the country hard, as it has its close neighbor India, and this has also left the Church struggling. Even in normal times it is not easy to make ends meet financially.

Mass stipends for 31 Priests in Nepal

The apostolic vicar, Bishop Paul Simick, who is from India, is very concerned for the welfare of his priests, but he cannot afford to pay them any regular form of salary. While he is willing to share what little he has with his priests, especially those working in the poorest and remotest parishes of the country, the coronavirus crisis has left him with even fewer resources than before.

Bishop Paul has written to ACN: “Mass stipends are the only means of support for our priests, for their own personal and medical needs and for whatever occasional small pastoral projects they are able to carry out in their own parishes. The vicariate is sadly in no position to be able to support our priests regularly, however, so if you could possibly help us with Mass stipends, it would truly be a blessing. If you possibly have any Mass stipends left over for us, we would be extremely grateful.”

We are therefore proposing to offer one year‘s worth of Mass stipends to the bishop, for a total value of $27,800, for the 31 priests of his vicariate. They will celebrate these Holy Masses for the intentions of our benefactors and in thanksgiving for the help already promised.

Will you help support these priests as they minister to the faithful in Nepal? We are sure they will remember you in their grateful prayers.

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