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A car for the Dominican Sisters in Baranovichi

 

Back in 1992, almost immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union, three Dominican Sisters from Poland came to Belarus and began their apostolate in the town of Baranovichi. Evidently, their example was a powerful and attractive one, for the order grew and today has a fine number of local vocations with no fewer than 18 Sisters from Belarus itself. And more young women are waiting to join the order.

 

Today the Dominican Sisters are working in four different locations across Belarus. In the Catholic parish in Baranovichi, today a city of 170,000 people, they perform duties as sacristans and parish clerks, they work with children and young people and care for the sick and elderly. Around a hundred children and young people attend the catechism classes, and the Sisters also prepare adults for reception of the Sacraments. At the same time, they help to ferry the frail and elderly to church or bring them Holy Communion in their homes, comforting and supporting them in many different ways. At Christmas time they organize gifts, with parcels of clothes, food and medical items for those in need.

In urgent need of a vehicle

 

The three Sisters living in Baranovichi have just one 10-year-old car at their disposal, which is becoming unreliable and costly because of needed repairs. They have urgent need of a reliable vehicle, for in addition to their ordinary pastoral duties they also travel to the diocesan Centre in Pinsk for retreats and ongoing formation sessions, a distance of some 180 km (112 miles). They also travel to the Dominican formation house in Minsk (190 km) and the other Dominican houses within Belarus, a distance of up to 300 km in some cases.

 

The Sisters cannot afford a new vehicle from their own resources, so they have turned to ACN for help. It would be helpful for them to have a vehicle with a larger boot, since they often have many things to transport – like the Christmas parcels for example.

We have promised to help them with a contribution of $15,000 towards the cost of a new vehicle. The sisters want to thank all our benefactors in advance and they already enfold you in their prayers!

 

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