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ACN Project of the Week: Support for Catholic radio in Lithuania

24.04.2019 in ACN, ACN BENEFACTORS, ACN International, ACN PROJECTS, Lithuania, MEDIA, Radio

Lithuania

Support for the Catholic radio station: Mazoji Studija

Since 1993, ACN has been supporting the Mazoji Studija Catholic radio station in Vilnius. The name means “Little Studio.” But though little, it is an important and precious instrument of evangelization in the country and a very dear one to the Lithuanian bishops‘ hearts. Its work is of great importance to the Church in Lithuania.

Lithuania is in fact the only country of the former Soviet Union that is overwhelmingly Catholic (80% of the population). Hence this Catholic radio station is widely welcomed and listened to, as the abundant positive feedback from its listeners testifies. Indeed, its programs are enjoyed and appreciated even by people who have never had any contact with the Church before and such Christian radio broadcasts are an excellent means of introducing such people to the faith and encouraging them to reflect on it. It allows them to ask questions and find answers and so take a growing interest, even without ever setting foot inside a church or speaking to a priest. But for Catholic believers alike, the radio broadcasts from Mazoji Studija are a welcome source of information, allowing them to learn more about their faith and enter more deeply into the life of the Church. Furthermore, for the sick, the elderly and housebound these radio broadcasts are a special comfort and consolation.

ACN regularly supports the work of Radio Mazoji Studija. Again this year, thanks to our donors, we will with a contribute 22,500 dollars to support this worthy project.

ACN Project of the Week – Utena, Lithuania

03.05.2017 in ACN PROJECTS, CONSECRATED LIFE, CONSTRUCTION, Lithuania, Sisters

Success Story in Lithuania

A centre for the evangelization of young people

Five years ago the Sisters of Divine Providence established a convent in the town of Utena, a regional industrial centre in the north-east of the country which has a number of schools and universities, and consequently a large population of young people.

There are two Catholic parishes here, both of which offer a range of activities for young people. Despite this, the Sisters were saddened to discover that many young people still see God as above all, a scrutinizing and punishing God – never coming to know him as a loving and forgiving Father, offering hope and unconditional love.

The Sisters also found that many Catholics who had heard something of the Gospel message through Baptism, First Communion, weddings or funerals; were still struggling to answer basic questions such as these: “Aren‘t all religions equal?”; “Can a modern, educated person really also be sincerely a Catholic?”; “Can the Catholic faith really be reconciled with the findings of science and modern life?” The Sisters often found themselves confronted with statements like, “I believe that Jesus was a good and wise man, but I don‘t believe he was God.”

 

Instruments of the saving love of God

Therefore, for six months, the Sisters went into the schools in order to help the young people find answers to these questions. This program was so well received that the they began to think that the tremendous demand for answers was a sign from God. And so, they decided to establish an evangelization centre in their convent. This is also entirely in the spirit of their foundress, Marija Rusteikaitė, who said, “The Spirit of God encourages us to become instruments of the saving love of God, especially by helping people to encounter God in their own lives.”  This motivated the Sisters to go out into the towns.

They now want to give this opportunity to young people and young adults to spend some time, even a few days, in this evangelization centre, taking part in days of recollection and other such events. They need to be able to accommodate groups of up to 20 young people at a time. There will be spiritual exercises, talks and discussions based around the Theology of the Body of Saint John Paul II, weekend meetings for vocation discernment, individual counselling and accompaniment of young people and adults, and programs for women traumatized by abortion. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the chapel throughout this time and the Sisters and young people will take turns in adoration. It will also be open to any Catholics from outside. To achieve this end, some adaptation and extension work to the convent will be necessary.

ACN has promised to help with a contribution of $21,750.