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Support Contemplative Religious Sisters in Ukraine

Ten years ago the Congregation of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara founded a convent in in the town of Burshtyn in West Ukraine. It seemed an almost impossible task at the time, since the Sisters had to start from nothing. Thanks to their perseverance and their deep trust in God, their great dream finally became reality.

During the early years, the Sisters were very active, organizing many different pastoral activities such as catechetical sessions, spiritual exercises and ongoing training courses which were attended not only by people from the immediate neighborhood of the convent but by people from other parts of Ukraine as well.

As time passed, the Sisters began to feel that they ought to devote themselves more strongly to contemplative prayer and the enclosed life. Sister Maria wrote to ACN: “We believe that the religious life is the most important duty of our Sisters and that it depends on the quality of our prayer, our communal life and ongoing formation in fidelity to our founding charism. These elements of the religious life bear many fruits in the sanctification of life, which is the single most important requirement for the salvation of souls.”

At present there are three Sisters living in the convent in Burshtyn; they will shortly be joined by three more young religious who are currently completing their formation in Italy. We are proposing to support the Sisters in their life and ministry with a grant of $1,700.

Will you help support these contemplative religious Sisters as they pursue their life of prayer and service in Ukraine?

The Sisters send their best wishes to all our benefactors for a joyful and blessed Christmas, writing: “May the Child Jesus touch your souls with his example of poverty and humility in the Manger of Bethlehem and may He inspire you with the one thing that can truly satisfy the human heart, namely the love of God.”

Aid to the Church in Need commits to invest your funds where they will have the greatest impact for the Church that we serve. Funds donated to Aid to the Church in Need’s projects will be used towards the greatest need in our programs to help keep the Faith alive.

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Words of Comfort and Hope

“This brief note is to let you know that we, the monks in Sri Lanka, are praying for the whole world every day from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm before the Blessed Sacrament. And as we pray for the whole world, we have not forgotten you at ACN; you and your loved ones are also remembered in a special way. We pray that the Good Lord may protect you, your loved ones from this pandemic as we believe in a God who is good.”