Mass Stipends for Five Contemplative Priests in Nicaragua
Nicaragua is the second poorest country of Latin America, after Haiti. The Catholic Church strives to help the country, but it also faces numerous problems. The political unrest during 2018 caused much suffering for the Church, and there continue to be many pastoral challenges. Competing sects are extremely active, to the extent that by now only barely half the population of 6.1 million souls still consider themselves Catholics. Then there is the economic crisis, which has also hit both the people and the Church hard, particularly the contemplative religious congregations. Thankfully, at the same time, the number of vocations, both to the religious life and in the diocesan seminaries, is actually increasing.
The contemplative congregation of the Albertine Brothers is a new local foundation in a country that has up until now had no tradition of male contemplative religious life. The five priests of the congregation in Estelí, in the north of the country, are all aged between 30 and 40 and are testimony to the fact that the Church in Nicaragua is young and lively.
While their faith is strong, these priests are facing increasing problems in finding the resources for their modest lifestyle, given the economic crisis in the country has resulted in dwindling contributions from the friends and benefactors of what is the only contemplative male religious foundation in Nicaragua. And, of course, the ordinary people, who attend Holy Mass in the monastery, are themselves extremely poor. Meanwhile, prices continue to rise, and some of the brothers have health problems and need medication of various kinds.
The Albertine Brothers offer friendship and hospitality to all who come to them seeking spiritual comfort and silent contemplation. They hear confessions and pray for all who come to them. To support themselves they also create religious works of art, hoping through this artwork, and likewise through the Liturgy and through their friendship and hospitality, to strengthen the Gospel spirit in the hearts of those around them.
We are proposing to pass on your Mass Stipends for these five religious priests, for a total value of $4,900, as a way of supporting them in their noble endeavor.
Will you give so that these contemplative priests can continue their work of prayer and ministry in Nicaragua?
We are sure they will grateful remember you in their prayers.
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