With an area of more than 225,000 square miles, the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy, based in the Kazakhstan capital of Nursultan, is larger than all of Spain. But Catholics are only a small minority in Kazakhstan, and given the country’s size, pastoral care and outreach are difficult. Forty priests serve the diocese, assisted by about 70 religious sisters of various congregations. The sisters offer religious instruction, care for those in need, and organize parish events, like retreat days, holiday camps, and youth meetings.
The Vincentian Sisters, who are located 50 miles north of the capital, regularly visit nearby villages. They provide children with toys and families with hot meals. The Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Mercy accompany priests on their local visits; they also house and support female students from the city.
ACN has funded them annually. Archbishop Tomasz Peta tells us: “These religious sisters are close to God and thereby remain indissolubly united with their fellow men. They live for the sake of other people and act as their intercessors.
They share in the living conditions of ordinary people, so they can understand them and pray to God on their behalf. They share their lives with all people: cooking food, tending their garden, going to market, and working with their hands.
In wintertime, they need to heat their convent; they need to strengthen their own spiritual life and knowledge by reading spiritual literature. Since Church and State are separate, they depend entirely on the generosity and offerings of the faithful. Your financial support helps to liberate them from daily cares so that they can devote themselves entirely to their vocation.”
This year, we will once again help all 70 religious sisters affiliated with the archdiocese. We plan to contribute $40,100.
Will you join us in supporting their life and apostolate? We are sure they will remember you in their grateful prayers.
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