Success Story in Mexico
Help to rebuild part of a convent in Puebla
The Order of the Most Holy Saviour was founded in Sweden in the 14th century by Saint Bridget of Sweden; it is also known as the Order of Saint Bridget, or the Bridgettine Order. These nuns live a life of strict enclosure and contemplative prayer. In the 17th century a Spanish branch of the order was founded, and today it still has convents in Spain, Mexico, Venezuela and Peru.
The Bridgettine convent in Puebla, Mexico was founded in 1907. Living in the convent today are 20 professed nuns along with three young women who as of yet have not taken their final vows. And, there are more young women who want to enter the convent.
The sisters have told us that a tragedy occurring a few years ago, was actually the surprising reason for a sharp rise in the number of vocations. Sadly, seven of the professed nuns had been killed in a road accident and suddenly, more and more young women asked to join the order.
But a major problem arose when the building was severely damaged by an earthquake whose epicenter was close to Puebla. Part of the building had to be demolished for security reasons – and because the building, which dates back to the 19th century, was already problematic on account of the cold, the damp and the inadequate ventilation – problems that had made it an unhealthy place to live in the past. It was also small and cramped, and with outside sanitary facilities, all of which made it inadequate for housing.
Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, ACN was able to help with a contribution of $37,500 toward the cost of rebuilding a convent wing. Now there is much more space, and the Sisters will be able to bring in more young women and enjoy healthy living conditions. The Brigettine’s send their gratitude and prayers to all who have helped!