For several years, the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Oradea has maintained a dynamic family pastoral ministry. These efforts have already borne positive fruit: there are more vocations to the priesthood, young people are more active in Church life and want to prepare themselves better for the sacrament of marriage, and families are having more children. …
Aid for Religious
“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 Carmelite convent is in a sense the spiritual heart of the diocese, yet at the same time it is not easy for the Sisters to support themselves. Their contemplative life in strict enclosure allows them only limited means of supporting themselves, and most of the Sisters are already elderly. In practice this means that the convent is dependent on outside support.
ather Kebede Deju is very happy to see the faithful so actively involved in Church life and showing their great love of God. Above all, he is delighted at the 200 or so children who regularly come to church. At the same time, these children are a particular cause of concern to him, since during school holidays there is usually very little for them to do and so they often spend their time hanging out in the streets.
These Carmelite sisters, who live in strict enclosure, never leave their convent, yet their prayer spans the whole world. The fact that young Carmelite Sisters are once again living in this convent is one of the most beautiful fruits of the Triumph of Mary‘s Immaculate Heart. In 1950, the Carmelites had been forcibly ejected from their convent and forced to work in factories.
The 35 religious Sisters of the Ukrainian Catholic eparchy (diocese) of Kiev perform an outstanding work of service. They belong to 6 different religious communities and are involved in a wide range of different activities. They prepare children for their First Holy Communion and First Confession, they lead Church choirs and attend to all the many needs of the local parish communities.