In many countries of Latin America there is no state help of any kind for the physically or mentally handicapped. Most families, already living in poverty, have little possibility of helping their own handicapped children in a manner appropriate to their needs. Thankfully, the congregation of the Servants of God‘s Plan (Siervas del Plan de Dios) have a special vocation for the care of the poorest and most needy.
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“In our prayers we never cease to thank God for the help that you send us. Often our elderly and infirm sisters ask after our benefactors of ACN. They’ve pray fervently for this noble work that is helping to establish the kingdom of God by sharing out its spiritual and material fruits,” Sister Maria José, a Contemplative Sister from Brazil.
The Sisters of Mary, Morning Star are a very young congregation. Founded in 2014 in Spain, the congregation has enjoyed considerable growth and already numbers 300 Sisters. They also have close to 350 so-called “oblates” who are associated with the congregation. These are people from all walks of life, above all families, young people and priests, who strive in their daily lives to live the spirituality of this congregation and in a spirit of unity with the Sisters.
In the 1930s, a dozen or more Ukrainian girls traveled to Belgium in order to prepare for the foundation of the first Redemptorist convent in their home country of Ukraine. It was not until 80 years later that this dream was finally able to see its fulfillment. The outbreak of the Second World War and …
With an area of more than 225,000 square miles, the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy, based in the Kazakhstan capital of Nursultan, is larger than all of Spain. But Catholics are only a small minority in Kazakhstan, and given the country's size, pastoral care and outreach are difficult. Forty priests serve the diocese, assisted by about 70 religious sisters of various congregations. The sisters offer religious instruction, care for those in need, and organize parish events, like retreat days, holiday camps, and youth meetings.
In 2015, the Pope John Paul II Youth Pastoral Center was first established in Sarajevo, the capital of the state of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is open to all young people, without distinction as to faith or ethnic origin. It was formally blessed by Pope Saint John Paul II, for whom young people were especially important and who introduced many lasting initiatives for the young, most notably the World Youth Days.