The Church in the Czech Republic may now be free, but a majority of the population have grown up in atheism and are far from the faith. At the same time, there are more and more young families who are discovering the faith, and more and more young adults seeking baptism. Good priests are urgently needed to help the people find their way to God, who for many generations under communism was denied to them or torn from their hearts.
Thanks in large degree to the heroic efforts of Saint John Paul II, the Berlin Wall came down and Communism no longer rules Eastern Europe. Yet, even today many Churches in the former Soviet territory need our vital pastoral and humanitarian support.
This ongoing need is mostly in Ukraine (home today to almost 5 million Ukrainian Greek-Catholics), where the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church was outlawed and virtually eradicated by Communist authorities, along with the Catholic Churches of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia.
Thank you for your support in helping this region keep the faith alive.
In October this year, the Church will once again commemorate two great figures of the Carmelite life, both of whom have been named as Doctors of the Church. On the 15th of the month, Saint Teresa of Avila, the foundress of order of the Discalced Carmelites will be remembered, and on October 1, Saint Therese of Lisieux, who was only 24 when she died, but whose ‘Little Way’ to this day inspires countless thousands of people all over the world to live in complete and loving trust in God.
Will you give to help Father Sergij expand his rehabilitation center for drug addicts in Russia? At present, there are 60 young men who have been accepted in the center. In order to provide an occupation for them all, Father Sergij would now like to start up an apiary with 50 beehives.
In Zrenjanin, in northern Serbia, the School Sisters run a hostel for 60 young schoolgirls from the villages in the surrounding area who – given the long journeys involved – could not otherwise travel to attend school each day in the local town.
The Diocese of Saint Joseph in Irkutsk, in eastern Siberia, is geographically speaking the largest diocese in the world. With an area of almost 3.86 million square miles, it is actually larger than the United States! Scattered thinly across this vast region are 50,000 Catholics, ministered to by some 40 Catholic priests.