Bosnia and Herzegovina
Help for the training in Sarajevo
The Bosnian war raged from 1992 to 1995 and at that time approximately half the Catholic Croats in the country were forced to leave and seek refuge abroad. Today, there are only around 450,000 Catholics still living in the country.
While it is true that, at 15%, they make up the third-largest group, in this majority Muslim country they are discriminated against in many ways. This is preventing many of the families who fled during war-time from actually returning to their former true homes.
Catholic Church is playing an important role in spite of the difficult situation they are faced with. In fact, their presence is more important than it ever has been in Sarajevo to assist in the process of reconciliation and healing after the war, since there are still many open and painful wounds in society. The Church is very active and lively –the evidence of which can be found in the heartening number of vocations.
In the seminary in the Archdiocese of Sarajevo there are 44 young men training for the priesthood. They have come from all three dioceses in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as from Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo. However this seminary is dependent on outside support in order to fund the training of these future priests for the running costs are high and the Church in this country, as in many others, is still greatly dependent on outside support. Many churches and other Church properties were destroyed during the war and so there are many churches, presbyteries and religious houses that have had to be rebuilt at considerable cost.
Although the seminary does everything it possibly can to cut down on costs and, for example, the seminarians themselves do many of the smaller renovations and repairs on the building, it is in urgent need of help.
ACN is helping for the training of the 44 seminarians in the current academic year, with a contribution of $1,305 CAN per seminarian – or, with a grand total of $57,420 CAN.