Keeping the Faith Alive

The Renovation and Extension of a Chapel in Rwanda

Over the years, the minor seminary in the Diocese of Byumba, founded in Rwanda in 1956 by the Salesian Fathers, had become too small.

150 boys were initially taught there, and after the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, their number increased to 400. During the day, the chapel was oppressively hot because of a low tin roof. It was difficult to focus on prayer, the rector told us. And after almost 70 years, the corrugated roofing started to leak on rainy days. The chapel was a decidedly uninviting place for prayer and meditation.

The Renovation and Extension of a Chapel in Rwanda

But thanks to our benefactors’ generous support, we were able to help with a grant of $24,070, and work on the chapel has been completed. The young seminarians are delighted, because the chapel is now larger, airier, more beautiful, and much more conducive to prayer and contemplation. more airy and not so suffocatingly hot. And it is also much more beautiful and more conducive to prayer and contemplation than before.

Christian, the spokesman for the seminarians, has written to us on behalf of them all. “Permit me to thank you for all the sacrifices you have made in order to enlarge and improve our chapel! We feel deeply honored, and we are praying for you!”

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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