ACN Success Story- India

A chapel and presbytery for a mission station

Thanks to the generous help of our benefactors,  a new chapel and parish house were formally consecrated and opened in Ramnagar, the oldest mission station in the Diocese of Bettiah. Your donations in the amount of $37,200 have made this possible.

The event was marked with great joy. The bishop came in person to celebrate the occasion, and priests, religious sisters and Catholic faithful from the surrounding area also came to join in the celebrations. The new chapel was consecrated during a solemn Holy Mass and dedicated to Our Lady. Afterwards, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the bishop opened the parish house and blessed the new building with holy water.

The old chapel and presbytery were already over a hundred years old and had been built with mud bricks. Rats and termites had eaten away at the walls, leaving them unstable, and the roof was leaking and in danger of collapsing. It had become dangerous to gather in the chapel for worship, and the growing number of faithful could no longer fit inside. The presbytery itself was lacking any sanitary facilities and was too small and cramped. In fact, the parish office was on the verandah! Thanks to your help, in addition to now being able to accommodate the priests, there is also a guest room, an office, bathroom, kitchen, and storeroom, all with electricity and running water. As a result, it will be possible to welcome another priest who can help minister to the faithful, as the parish will undoubtedly continue to grow and develop.

“We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you who made this aid possible, and assure you of our sincerest prayers,” writes Bishop Sebastian Goveas, together with Father Pascal Anand, the parish priest. “May God bless you for your generosity!”

We are delighted to pass on their thanks to you all, along with our own sincere gratitude.

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