From 1989 until 2003, Liberia went through one of the bloodiest civil wars on the African continent. To this day, this West African nation has still not fully recovered from it. More than two thirds of the country‘s almost 5 million population still have little faith in a lasting peace.
One reason for this lingering suspicion, among many others, is the fact that there have still been no prosecutions of the known war criminals. All levels of social life are marked by a feeling of profound mistrust. “More than the infrastructure, it was our souls that were destroyed,” says Father Dennis Nimene, the secretary general of the Liberian Catholic bishops‘ conference.
For the Church, too, the aftermath of the war has been a great challenge. Although various trauma recovery programs were offered to people after the end of the war and the subsequent Ebola crisis, it is the spiritual dimension that is most important, especially for priests. Consequently, the bishops are hoping to offer spiritual retreats and recovery breaks for her priests during the current year 2019, so that they can find the serenity to better help the laity.
This year, 25 priests from the Diocese of Cape Palmas will be given an opportunity to recharge their spiritual batteries and find new strength in God while sharing their problems and experiences with one another so that they can take new ideas back to their home parishes. ACN is supporting these retreats with a contribution of $5,200. This represents $206 for each priest, to cover travel costs, board and lodging. A small investment indeed, but one that will have a big impact.
Will you give so that these priests can find spiritual renewal in Liberia?
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