There is good news from the Diocese of Sambalpur in the eastern Indian state of Odisha: the number of vocations to the priesthood has been continuously growing over the last few years. This is in no small part because the diocese has launched an active vocation apostolate in the schools, which introduces young people early …
“In the hidden recesses of the human heart the grace of a vocation takes the form of a dialogue. It is a dialogue between Christ and an individual, in which a personal invitation is given. Christ calls the person by name and says: ‘Come, follow me.’” Saint John Paul II
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have been able to provide young men and women with books, clothing and basic living expenses as they study and train to become future leaders of the Church and walk the path of God. In fact, today one out of every ten seminarians around the world is supported by ACN donors!
At present there are three young men from the Maronite Archdiocese of Baalbek who are training for the priesthood. Archbishop Hanna Rahme has a particular concern for these young men, but lacks the necessary resources. He has turned to ACN for help, so that they can be given a solid formation and be able to stand by their people as true shepherds.
To provide formation for these new catechists, the parish needs suitable teaching materials, including books, Bibles, instructional videos and related equipment for replaying and projecting films, etc. In addition, each catechist is to be provided with an alb to wear when leading the Liturgies of the Word.
The Priestly Congregation of the “Miles Christi” was founded in 1994 in Argentina. The name means “Soldiers of Christ,” and their desire is to seek something different from what the world has to offer. Their Rule stipulates that they should reject a “vulgar, empty and useless life” and instead ask themselves, with their gaze turned to Jesus Christ, “What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What must I do for Christ?”