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. …
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.
For twenty years, the Redemptorists have been ministering to the Catholic Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the western Siberian city of Kemerovo. The three priests are assisted by four religious Sisters of the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit. The parish is very active: Holy Mass is celebrated every day, Eucharistic …
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.