Support Contemplative Religious Sisters in Burkina Faso
The Sisters of Mary, Morning Star are a very young congregation. Founded in 2014 in Spain, the congregation has enjoyed considerable growth and already numbers 300 Sisters. They also have close to 350 so-called “oblates” who are associated with the congregation. These are people from all walks of life, above all families, young people and priests, who strive in their daily lives to live the spirituality of this congregation and in a spirit of unity with the Sisters.
The Sisters live a life of contemplative prayer, yet unlike other contemplative communities they do not live in enclosure. They describe themselves as living “in the heart of the world.” They cultivate a spirit of silent prayer and Eucharistic adoration, and organize regular retreat days for all who are interested, as well as prayer vigils for young people. They invite the people from the surrounding area to pray together with them and participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
This congregation also has a convent in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso in West Africa, where seven religious Sisters live. They come from Burkina Faso, France, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and even Taiwan, and are beloved among the local people. The children in particular love coming to the Sisters to pray with them.
Many young women are also happy to accept the invitation to study with them and deepen their faith through shared study of the Scriptures. Some of these young women are considering joining the congregation and becoming religious themselves. Other young women are learning useful professional skills such as sewing and needlework with the help of the Sisters.
Providing for their own support is a constant challenge for the community, given that Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. Among other things, they make candles, weave cloth and pursue various other handicrafts in order to help support themselves; yet, despite these efforts and their very modest lifestyle, this income is still not enough to enable them to make ends meet.
ACN is proposing to help these seven Sisters with basic support of $5,500 for the coming year. Would you be willing to help support this growing community of contemplative Sisters in Burkina Faso? We are sure they will remember you in their grateful prayers.
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