A Success Story – and a new project!
For over 25 years now, ACN has been supporting the Carmelites in the convent of Saint Joseph, in the Croatian town of Breznica Djakovacka.
Last year the Carmelite order celebrated the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila who, together with Saint John of the Cross, reformed the Carmelite Order and brought it back to its origins. In 1970 she was the first woman in the history of the Church to be declared a Doctor of the Church. This great Spanish saint is known for her words about prayer: “In my view, prayer is nothing more than a conversation with a friend, with whom we often and gladly meet together in private, in order to speak with him, because he loves us.” Many Carmelite Sisters and Brothers around the world have continued maintaining this type of relationship with God right up to today.
ACN has supported the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Joseph for over 25 years. Their convent is situated in the Croatian town of Breznica Djakovacka where 27 Sisters abide in strict enclosure, devoting themselves totally to prayer for the needs of the entire world.
Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we were able to help these Sisters with $29,000 two years ago to repair a badly leaking roof hanging over their terrace. The dampness was penetrating into the fabric of the building and into the floor below, causing damage not only to the structure itself but also affecting the health of the Sisters who live there, a number of whom are now elderly and already in poor health.
At the time they wrote to us, saying “We know that the economic crisis is biting almost everywhere in the world and that there are many people knocking at your door, seeking help, but we are hoping ‚against all hope‘ (Rom 4:18), as Saint Paul says, that the Lord, who knows our plight, will supply us – through you – what we need for our life and our work. May the Lord richly bless your efforts to do good and help those in need!”
Their hopes were not disappointed, for, thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we were able to help and the repairs have now been carried out. The Sisters wish to express their heartfelt thanks for this aid.
But these Carmelite Sisters are also depending on us for basic support. For although Croatia was able to join the European Union in July 2013, there has been no benefit for the Sisters. Despite their very modest lifestyle, living costs continue to rise unabated.
Once again this year we are proving support for these Carmelite Sisters for their subsistence needs and ministry. For this, we have promised them a contribution of $11,745.
Thank you for your ongoing generosity!