“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Support the Life and Ministry of 56 Religious Sisters in Russia
With a total area of almost 3.9 million square miles, the Diocese of Saint Joseph, based in Irkutsk in East Siberia, is larger than the entire United States. Scattered across this vast area are no more than 52,000 Catholics, ministered to by a mere 40 priests from the diocese.
In this context, an indispensable contribution is made by the 56 religious Sisters, belonging to 12 different congregations, who work in the parishes and additionally perform many works of charity among the people. Their work is a blessing for the children from broken homes, for the isolated elderly and sick, and for the many street children and homeless.
In Vladivostok, the Sisters of Mercy of Saint Anne have established a support program for young single mothers. Given the alarmingly high rate of abortions in Russia, their work is a vital contribution to helping young mothers choose life for their children.
In Chita, the diocese has set up a center for street children and homeless people, run by the Sisters of the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Immaculate Conception. Many of the children actually live in the center, while others merely come on a daytime basis. The Sisters also regularly visit the children in a child‘s home some 40 miles away, and they care for mothers and babies in prison, who desperately need both material and pastoral support. A few years ago, in the town of Angark, the Sisters opened another home, where they also care for street children.
In a similar way, the Sisters of the other congregations also care for all those in need. Given the vital work done by these various religious Sisters in the Diocese of Saint Joseph in Irkutsk, ACN makes regular contribution towards their basic support. This year we are proposing to help once again, this time with a total of $33,300.
Will you give to support the life and ministry of these religious Sisters, as they work to help children, the homeless and others in Russia?
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