“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Support for the Bible and Catechetical Apostolate in Ethiopia
The priestly Order of the Imitation of Christ was established in 1919 in Kerala in India. It has also been present in the Horn of Africa since 2009, and the order now has three monasteries in Ethiopia, in the Diocese of Endibir and in the Apostolic Vicariate of Nekemte.
The Fathers minister to 6 parishes, devoting themselves especially to the Bible apostolate, to catechesis for adults and children and preparation for the Sacraments and the formation of catechists. They are also translating the Sacred Scriptures and liturgical and catechetical books into local languages and publishing them. As well, they are engaged in teaching and consider it especially important that every family should have a copy of the Scriptures and be encouraged to read and meditate on the Word of God.
In 2019, our donors helped with a contribution of $4,000 for their Bible apostolate and educational work for the laity. According to Father Matthew C Augustine, this support has borne good fruit, in that many more people than before are now coming to Holy Mass and the parish churches are full! There are also many people seeking baptism and many others who have already been baptized. Wonderfully, a high number of parents are bringing their babies and small children to be baptized.
Once again the Fathers have asked us for help. It is their aim that every family that comes afresh to the Catholic Faith should be given a copy of the Sacred Scriptures. Additionally, they plan to publish the Catechism in two local languages.
We are only too happy to support this wonderful work and are proposing to contribute $7,500.
Will you join in supporting this Bible and catechetical apostolate in Ethiopia?
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