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Support the Training of Seminarians at a Spiritual Community in Brazil

Brazil’s Opus Mariae Community was founded in 1990 and now has 3,350 members worldwide. They come from all walks of life, including priests, deacons, consecrated religious, married couples, and single people. Support the Training of Seminarians at a Spiritual Community in Brazil

Today, the community can be found in seven Latin American countries, 22 African countries, Israel, Palestine, Italy, and Portugal. One of its missions is the organization of mass pilgrimages to religious shrines around the world. It also plans congresses, retreats, and concerts in service of evangelization; they are active in youth outreach and development, the media apostolate, and social work projects, including rehabilitation programs.

A particularly attractive feature of the community is its growing number of priestly vocations. There are currently 50 young men training for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife. They hail from Brazil, Togo, Benin, and Mozambique.

But Opus Mariae is still young and cannot completely cover the costs of its seminarians’ room, board, and study fees. ACN has helped the community in the past, with $8,800 for the formation of 23 men. We plan to give again this year.

Will you join us in supporting the future priests of Brazil? We are sure they will remember you in their prayers.

Aid to the Church in Need commits to invest your funds where they will have the greatest impact for the Church 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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Devastation in beirut

“Beirut is a devastated city. It’s a war scene – there is destruction and desolation in all its streets, its districts and its houses.”
Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai.

The destruction caused by the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate which exploded inside a warehouse was immediate, its impact intensely felt by the Christian quarter.
For a country hit by civil unrest, economic collapse, COVID and now disaster, how much more can our faithful endure? Please give today.