ACN Project of the Week: Help for the training of catechists in the Peruvian Andes

26.05.2020 in Peru

ACN Project of the Week in Peru

Help for the training of catechists in in the Peruvian Andes

by ACN Projects Department International
Adapted by Amanda Griffin, ACN Canada
Published online May 26, 2020

In one of the poorest regions of Peru lies the territorial prelature of Chuquibambilla high in the Andes at an altitude of almost 16,000 feet.

Fourteen diocesan priests are currently working in these sometimes very difficult conditions – given that the nearly 100,000 Catholic faithful within the prelature live widely dispersed in many small and often isolated settlements. The distances are large, and the roads, bad. In many places there is no electricity, telephone service or internet. In the rainy season many of the roads are impassable and many are flooded. Consequently, many of the villages are only accessible by a handful of priests who are available, making the work of the lay catechists living in the villages very important for they are responsible for a major part of Church life. They prepare the faithful for the reception of the Sacraments, instruct them in the Faith and pray together with them.


But first, these catechists need to have a sound knowledge of the faith that they will then be able to pass on to others. The prelature has therefore established a series of training courses in order to equip these catechists, who are simply committed volunteers offering their services freely, with the necessary knowledge to carry out their important work. Because some of the people cannot read and write and first their need for support with basic literacy must be addressed. The teaching materials also have to be produced in the local Quechua language spoken by the majority of the population.


Because the last course of this kind was given 11 years ago, it is high time for a new course to be given. All the parishes of the prelature are sending candidates for these courses. This is vital work, as the very life of the Church in this region would be unsustainable without the significant work of lay catechists.


ACN is proposing to support training courses in the diocese with a contribution of $22,500.

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ACN Project of the Week – A building at the service of training in Peru

14.11.2019 in ACN Canada, Peru


Much needed renovation of a centre for the vocations apostolate and lay formation


The prelature of Chuquibambilla in southern Peru lies high up in the hills, at an altitude of somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 feet (3000 – 5000 m). It is a region of great poverty, where the local people have to contend with poor soils and frequent droughts. Added to this the 10 years of terror and civil war inflicted by the Maoist guerillas of the so-called Shining Path rebels during the 1980s have left behind deep scars among the people that remain unhealed to this day.

Many families have been torn apart, psychological and physical violence are still very prevalent, there are many orphans, and many lonely elderly and widowed people left to their own devices and without any help. But there are also many people in whom the faith burns strongly, and even in the remote mountain villages there is a rich spirituality among the people.


Roughly 95% of the 100,000 people living in the prelature of Chuquibambilla are Catholics. They are ministered to by 14 priests and 21 religious sisters who travel to the most inaccessible villages to support the people there – for they cannot expect any help from the state authorities. It is the Church alone which helps in all the people’s spiritual and material necessities.

Training as a form of service

There is a desperate shortage of priests in the region. As a consequence, there has been an attempt to strengthen the vocations apostolate in recent years. This year 33 young people took part in a vocations program. Five young men have now entered the propaedeutic, or pre-seminary stage (a form of preparatory year before entering the seminary proper) in a neighbouring diocese (since the prelature itself has no seminary structures of its own). The aim is also to do more for the formation of the laity, and especially for the catechists who play such an important part in the villages. Opportunities will also avail themselves for families, who will, it is hoped, become a more fruitful soil for spiritual vocations.


Clearly, a suitable centre is needed to hold regular monthly sessions as part of this vocations apostolate and ongoing formation of the laity. There is a building which 45 years ago housed a minor seminary but was closed down 30 years ago and has never been renovated since.

We are proposing to help with a contribution of $35,250 for the renovation of this building.

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Project of the Week: Support for the training of Religious Sisters in Peru

03.10.2019 in ACN BENEFACTORS, Journey with ACN, Peru, Sisters, TRAINING


Support for the training of religious Sisters

In many Latin American countries, state help of any kind is unavailable to people struggling with a physical or intellectual disability. Most families facing these challenges are already living in poverty and have few resources to address the specific needs of their disabled children. The Congregation of the Servants of God’s Plan (Siervas del Plan de Dios) however, have a special vocation to care for the poor and most in need.

The congregation has established schools for disabled children; They also provide care for the elderly, the sick and needy. They want every person to feel loved and accepted with a vision for the disabled to especially be able to discover and develop their own particular talents. The Sisters also want to support the transformation of negative attitudes within society with regard to people with disabilities.


An international presence

Today the Sisters’ work is present not only in Latin America, but in Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States. Their young congregation has many vocations, and many of the young Sisters are qualified doctors, lawyers, teachers and nurses. Right now, 31 new Sisters are undergoing training in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

ACN is providing financial support to help cover training costs with a contribution of $24,000.


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Project of the Week in Peru – Help for training in the Amazon region

02.08.2018 in ACN BENEFACTORS, ACN Canada, ACN International, ACN PROJECTS, Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, FORMATION, Peru, SEMINARIANS

Success story in Peru

Help for the training of 19 seminarians in the Amazon region

Training of 23 seminarians in the diocesan seminary Cristo Salvador, 2017. Photo: Begining course in philosophy and theology with Mgr. José Luis Astigarraga (Bishop emeritus of Yurimaguas – died on 20.01.2017).



The apostolic vicariate of Yurimaguas in the east of Peru is situated for the most part in the Amazon rainforest, in an area that is home to various different indigenous groups.

The 224,000 or so Catholics in this region live scattered over an area greater than many of the smaller European countries. There are just 25 priests to care for them, all of whom face long, difficult and dangerous journeys as part and parcel of their mission.

Consequently, one of the greatest needs of the vicariate is for more priests to help in the task of ministering to the Catholic faithful, bringing them the sacraments and caring for them pastorally.

And so the vicariate has established a vocations apostolate, which is already bearing fruit. There, 19 young men are currently preparing for ordination. Seven of them are still in their two preparatory years at the propaedeutic seminary of Yurimaguas, while the remaining 12 are already studying at the seminary in the diocese of Callao, near the capital, Lima.

Training of 23 seminarians in the diocesan seminary Cristo Salvador, 2017. Photo: Admission ad ordines with Mgr. José Luis del Palacio.

In years gone by, missionaries braved all the adversities of the region and proclaimed the Good News of the Gospel here. But today, their numbers have dwindled and the new, home-grown vocations are coming from the Peruvian people in the parishes they once founded. Being born and brought up in the region, and along with being  ideally suited to working in these climatic conditions as it is their home, they are also linguistically and culturally more apt to working among their own indigenous peoples of the rainforest for they are more likely to be aware of their needs and how best to support them .

We are only too happy to support these 19 young men on their path to the priesthood and have promised $8,530 towards the cost of their training.

Success Story: Peru

17.01.2018 in ACN International, Aid to the Church in Need Canada, Catechist, Peru, South America


Success Story: Training of catechists in the Rainforest

Deep within the jungle of the Peruvian Amazon region lies the apostolic vicariate of Iquitos, a place only accessible by air or by boat. Though this may appeal to an adventurer on holidays, it represents a major challenge for the pastoral workers of the Catholic Church.


The parishes, which are generally made up of numerous small riverside settlements each one, accessible only by river boat have the possibly of being visited only when river levels allow for travel.  During certain seasons, like in the summer, when there is very little rain and the water level is low, many of the settlements are simply unreachable.

Father Jacek Zygala on his way to a community


Consequently, the local catechists play a very important role in the Church as facilitators for  prayer with the people in the villages, and instructors in the faith who generally sustain the life of the Church for long periods of the year given that the priests simply cannot each and every individual village as often as would be needed to provide the necessary pastoral care to the people. But now, thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, at least in the parish of Santa Clara of Nanay, the training of these catechists can be improved.


Every month, there is a parish meeting of catechists where workshops are provided and a range of different ongoing training opportunities. And at the same time, the catechists themselves can exchange ideas, based on their own personal experiences. Thanks to our benefactors, ACN was able to contribute $8,400 towards the set-up of this program.


In a letter of thanks, Father Jacek Zygala has written us, saying “It is still too soon to speak about the fruits of our work. We sow, and it is God who gives the harvest. But we are happy and satisfied to have been able to make this project a reality. Without the financial support we have received from you our missionary and evangelization work would be impossible.” He ends his letter with a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has helped!

Fr. Jacek Zygala with his pastoral team, Carococha

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ACN Project of the Week in Peru : Expansion of pastoral activities in the Rain Forest

19.04.2017 in ACN BENEFACTORS, ACN Canada, Pastoral care, Pastoral work, Peru, Project of the Week


Expansion of the pastoral outreach program in the Amazon rainforest

Forty-five years ago Sister Maria Luisa Maduell left everything to follow Christ by joining the congregation of the Sisters of Jesus. A vocation that took her from Spain, deep into the Amazon region of eastern Peru into the apostolic vicariate of Yurimaguas, a region largely covered by Rainforest. She believes that it was Providence that sent her to the indigenous peoples of the Rainforest.


The living conditions of the indigenous peoples are very simple and they are very poor. Their huts have roofs made of palm leaves and most of the small riverside settlements are only accessible by boat. There are no roads, the only medical and educational help they receive comes from the local missionaries. The women cook their meals on open wood fires and grow a few basic vegetables in little garden plots. Their basic diet consists of yucca, plantain bananas and occasionally a little fish. “As a religious, I often sit with the women and cook alongside them. It is important to be close to the people, simply to be with them,” explains Sister Maria Luisa.


The apostolic vicariate of Yurimaguas covers a vast area of some 70,000 km². The Catholic faithful are thinly scattered across this area and there are far too few priests. Sister Maria Luisa works in the parish of Saint Thomas, or Santo Tomàs del Rio Paranapura, providing all the pastoral care, since at the present time there is no priest here. She has two other sisters and a few lay helpers to support her. The lay helpers in this work of evangelization are themselves very simple people, and Sister Maria Luisa speaks of them with enormous admiration: “They have only a minimal formal education, and yet in their own way they are theologians, mystics, people of great faith and above all of unbelievable generosity,” she says. Every month, each of them visits the people in the area assigned to him and prays with them, helping them to understand the Gospel message and grow in faith and in love for Jesus Christ. In this way they manage to visit three quarters of their vast parish area each month.

Bishop José Luis Astigarraga, who sadly died in January 2017, was delighted at their commitment and spoke of a “truly missionary undertaking.” He had been bishop of Yurimaguas since 1991 and was for many years a friend of ACN. Thanks to the continuing and faithful support of our benefactors, we were able to help him regularly and generously. Only shortly before his death he again thanked us and all our benefactors for the help they have given for his apostolic vicariate over the years. It was his cherished wish that the activities in the parish of Saint Thomas on the Rio Paranapura not only be continued but indeed intensified, and he wrote to us saying, “I not only approve this project but want to see it go further.” And he urged us to support Sister Maria Luisa and her helpers by providing catechetical material, training up more lay helpers and giving further in-service training to those already involved in this work, and also so that they could take part in retreat days.

We are delighted to report that we have been able to fulfill one of the last wishes of the late bishop and are planning to support the project with $21,750.



Feature Story in Paraguay – Sisters go where priest rarely visit

17.02.2017 in by Jacques Berset, Paraguay, Pastoral aid, Peru, Sisters


Sisters work where priests rarely visit 

Tupãsy! Tupãsy? The Mother of Jesus is coming! These were the words spoken in Guarani to welcome the Missionary Sisters of the Teaching and Atoning Saviour. The people living in the remote villages of the Paraguayan department of Canindeyú at the border to the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Paraná had never seen nuns wearing veils before.

When the Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Verbo y Víctima from Peru arrived towards the end of the 20th century, it caused a veritable sensation in the rural communities of the Virgen del Carmelo de Villa Ygatimy parish, a village situated about five hours northeast of the capital of Asunción by rural road. The parish has about one hundred “chapels” for its 20,000 believers, which is the name used for the scattered parishes of the Ciudad del Este diocese. The diocese extends across an area that is about as large as Belgium.


The faitful are hungry for the sacraments

“Three priests work in Curuguaty, 45 kilometres from here. They administer to 92 chapels, which means that they only manage to visit them from time to time. They go to the parishes that do not have any paved roads. They reach them on dirt roads that become impassable when it rains. The parish of Katueté is located 160 kilometres further on – the priest makes it there three to four times a year. In one week, he visits the chapels, celebrates Holy Mass and hears confession, which can sometimes take an entire day. The believers wait patiently for hours to receive the sacraments,” Mother María Luján, a Sister originally from Argentina, reports.


Her fellow religious Peruvian Sisters perform pastoral services such as marriages, baptisms and funerals in rural parishes that do not have a priest. They hold liturgies of the Word and administer the Eucharist to the sick. It is precisely this which makes up the charism of the Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Verbo y Víctima  (loosely translated as Missionary Sisters of the Teaching and Atoning Saviour): to work in those places that have not seen a priest for months or even years.

“Our Sisters live and work in the most remote areas of Latin America. They take care of people with no known postal address, the poor and the forgotten in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay or Peru,” Mother María Luján explains.


Four years of waiting, for a priest to arrive

“To receive the consecrated host, we travelled 45 kilometres to the Brazilian city of Paranhos in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul,” María Luján continues. We then drove to the chapel San Antonio, 12 kilometres from the nearest city. The Diocesan Oeconomus Father Ernesto Zacarías came with us. After being bounced about on unpaved roads full of deep ruts, we finally arrived at the parish, which consists of 34 houses totalling 120 faithful.

The faithful had already been waiting patiently for a solid hour. They sang songs in Spanish and Guarani in the humid and sticky heat of December that signals the end of spring in the southern hemisphere.

They gathered in a small building made of bricks, which they had built together and expressed joy at the arrival of the priest! He is the first cleric to stop by this remote, inaccessible place in four years.

“They bring the sick out to him. He visits those who cannot be moved from their homes to administer the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. We ‘kidnap’ him so that he hears confession for hours on end. He is completely exhausted afterwards,” Mother Lorena cheerfully says. She is a Peruvian nurse who looks after this parish. She is originally from Cajamarca, a village on the plateau in northern Peru, who has been working in Ygatimy for three years.


The arrival of the nuns transformed the parish

The villagers appreciate that the Peruvian Sisters are there. “They say that they are very happy that God visits them; that He travels so far to visit the simple people. They are poor, but have a great hunger for spirituality!”

In the villages, where nature has delightfully blended the green of the trees with the ochre-coloured red tones of the earth, the inhabitants live from farming, animal husbandry, cheese making and fruit harvesting. After Holy Mass, the faithful talk about the unfortunate circumstance that young people leave for the city to get their degrees, which means that they get to know city life with its modern technology. Later, they no longer want to return to the villages completely cut off from all of this, to lives of simplicity and hardship.

Since the sisters arrived in 1999, Mother Lorena says, the parish has undergone a transformation. “We have observed a spiritual reversal. In the past, the people hardly took part in parish life. The church was dirty, uncared for. Hours of spiritual retreat have led to a change. Now there is more solidarity and less alcohol and drug abuse. The sick receive better care.”

We continue our journey for approximately another fifty kilometres down a dust-covered, unpaved road, reaching the parish of Our Dear Lady of Fatima in Ypehu, in the mountains of Amambay, a stone’s throw from the Brazilian city of Paranhos. We are welcomed there by Mother Beatriz. She is the Reverend Mother of the small local community of the Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Verbo y Víctima.


The priest comes in, and they leave!

From their convent base, the Peruvian nuns perform pastoral care in thirteen chapels. The furthest of these is 41 kilometres away.  All of these chapels are only accessible by deeply creviced roads, putting their long-serving all-terrain vehicle to the test. A p
riest based in Brazil visits these villages four times a year. During Easter Week, a delegate of the bishop of Ciudad del Este comes to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.

One of the challenges for the religious in Ypehu is the presence of religious sectarian groups.  Of course, “these groups do social work – provide food to people and give courses,” explains Mother Beatriz, a Peruvian missionary.  The pastor forces them to attend divine services. However, they still attend our liturgy on Sundays. The people want to have their children baptized in the Catholic Church because they have a deep faith and they greatly revere Our Lady of Caacupé,” the Peruvian missionary sister explains.

“In the past, five to ten people came to Mass. However, since the nuns are here, the church is always full,” confirms a parishioner, whom we meet in the church garden. The missionary sisters Mother Beatriz and Sisters Adriana, Edith and Felicia, however, assure us that should a priest come to live permanently in the parish once looked after by the missionaries of Steyl, they would quickly leave the place to move to a different one that does not have a priest. “That is our charism!”


Over 400 Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Verbo y Víctima work at 38 missions in remote and inaccessible places in various Latin American countries. The Sisters call these places Patmos after the Greek island on which St. John the Apostle lived in exile. From these missions, they often drive for hours on unpaved roads or even go by foot, ride donkeys or take ships to visit a deserted village or farm inhabited by just a few families.

It is said that there, where the paved road ends, is where the work of the missionary Sisters with their special charism begins.


Each year, Aid to the Church in Need helps the Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Verbo y Víctima through transport and training projects as well as aid to help secure their livelihoods in Peru and Bolivia.

This report was written by Jacques Berset as part of a project visit carried out by the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in Paraguay from 18 November to 5 December 2016.

Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, for the Canadian office of ACN


Project of the Week in Peru and Bolivia

04.01.2017 in ACN Canada, Bolivia, International Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need, Journey with ACN, Peru, Project of the Week, Sisters, SUBSISTENCE

Peru and Bolivia

2015: Sister caring about elderly people in the Highlands of Peru

Support for religious sisters caring for the poor and elderly

The congregation of the “Hermanitas de los Ancianos Desamparados” (“Little Sisters of the Helpless Elderly”) was founded in Spain in 1873 to help poor, helpless and abandoned elderly people who had no one else to care for them.

Today the congregation has no fewer than 204 houses in 19 different countries, on four continents. Most of these are in Central and South America, but the Sisters are also active in the Philippines, in Mozambique and in Europe.


Collectively, in Peru and Bolivia, 230 Sisters from the congregation can be found caring for over 2,000 elderly people, above all in the larger cities where the traditional family structures have collapsed, and older people can rapidly become isolated and helpless. It is the Sisters’ charism to focus on the whole person. And while it is of course important to wash and feed and materially support these aging people, it is equally important to show them human warmth and support in their spiritual and psychological needs. This is also part of the Sister’‘ apostolate, which is so ably summed up by their foundress, Saint Teresa Jornet as “caring for the body, so as to save the soul.”


We are planning to contribute 10,440 CAD to support the Sisters of the congregation in Peru and Bolivia in their life and in their apostolate.


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Journey with ACN – Peru

06.03.2015 in ACN BENEFACTORS, ACN Canada, Journey with ACN, Mass Offerings, Peru, Poverty

JOURNEY WITH ACN is  our weekly newsletter regularly posted to our blog and designed to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world – and various projects we have helped to bring into being together with ACN benefactors.

This week:   Peru  

Mass Offerings for 23 priests working in the Amazon region

The apostolic vicariate of Yurimaguas lies in the Amazon region of eastern Peru. Covering an area of some 27,000 square miles (70,000 km²) the vicariate is larger in area than New Brunswick. The vast majority of this area is covered by rainforest and is inhabited by a variety of different native tribes.

The people are poor and live in huts that are very simple in structure covered with palm leaves. Most of their small villages are accessible only by boat via the network of rivers. There are no roads to speak of, and the only medical care and educational service is provided by missionaries. Women cook their simple meals on open wood fires and grow the most basic necessities in their small gardens. Yucca, plantain bananas and occasionally a little fish constitute their basic diet.

Altogether, there are close to 2.2 million people living within the vicariate of Yurimaguas, of whom around 240,000 are Catholics. They are ministered to pastorally by just 23 priests who in travelling to visit their faithful often have to cover vast distances in what are frequently extremely difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions. The climate is hot and humid and mosquito infested, and many people suffer from mosquito-borne diseases. But this does not deter the priests from doing their work.

Peru, diocese Yurimaguas (Amazonas region in the East of Peru)AThanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we are able to support these priests working in the vicariate of Yurimaguas, with Mass Offerings each year. Last year you helped  with a total of $11,500. This year they are counting on your help once more. The administrator of the vicariate has written to thank us, on behalf of all his priests:

“We are most grateful to you and to all our brothers and sisters who have helped us, for this gesture of communion and solidarity that you constantly show us, and I want to express to you the thanks of all the priests in the vicariate. We pray to Almighty God that he may always guide you with his grace and that the Blessed Virgin may ever shelter you beneath her mantle.”


Journey with ACN

19.12.2014 in ACN BENEFACTORS, ACN Canada, ACN International, CONSECRATED LIFE, Honduras, International Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need, Journey with ACN, Pastoral aid, Pastoral care, Pastoral work, Peru, Sisters
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JOURNEY WITH ACN is  our weekly newsletter regularly posted to our blog and designed to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world – and various projects we have helped to bring into being together with ACN benefactors.

This week :   Peru  & Honduras


“It has become dangerous even to remain inside the church”

Renovation of the parish of the Immaculate Conception in Pevas, San José de Amazonas

There are no other countries in South America where the shortage of priests is more acute than in Bolivia and Peru. Even though some 84% of Peru’s population of around 28 million inhabitants have been baptized Catholic, there remains a tremendous lack of the most basic knowledge of the Catholic Faith and an acute shortage of necessary pastoral care, resulting in the flourishing of sects. Today approximately 10% of Peruvians belong to one of the many evangelical “free churches” – and this trend is increasing rapidly.

Even in the most remote regions, the sects are advancing – including here, in the vicariate of San José de Amazonas which is found in the extreme north-east of the country, bordering Colombia. This is an exceptionally remote region most easily reached by aircraft, or by boat along the upper reaches of the Amazon River. And quite apart from the growth of the sects, the sheer remoteness, inaccessibility and scattered nature of the settlements is another of the greatest challenges for priests and missionaries here.

In many of the smaller towns and villages the sects have already built small chapels and in this way they are luring to them many Catholics. There are, perhaps, 800 small Catholic settlements altogether along the rivers Amazon, Napo, Putumayo and Yavari and their countless tributaries – all in an area of around 60,000 square miles (155,000 km²). One of these centres is the parish of the Immaculate Conception in Pevas, which has existed since 1956. Due to the shortage of priests, most of these small communities are looked after by religious Sisters or lay missionaries, who conduct liturgies of the Word and prepare the faithful for reception of the Sacraments.

The poverty is almost unimaginable by Western standards. Most Catholic faithful are simple campesinos who barely manage to scrape a meagre living from the land. Socially, and culturally, they have few prospects. This is one reason, perhaps, why the Church plays such an important role in their lives. Most of the villages’ inhabitants and of the homesteads and settlements in the surrounding area come to the churches to worship. And the parish church itself is both House of God and a communications centre at the same time – a place of shared prayer, but also a social and cultural meeting place. This is very much the case in Pevas. But time has not been kind to their parish church.

Bishop Miguel Olaortua Laspra has visited the community personally and seen for himself the state of the church, which was built in 1968. The rain and heat have caused the roof to rust through by now and the water drips through onto the altar missals. It has become dangerous even to remain inside the church, since at any moment pieces of the ceiling can break and fall. Therefore, the Bishop would like the church to have a new roof. “Unfortunately, the vicariate is not in a position to cover the costs of the repairs itself,” he writes. “We are therefore appealing to your generosity and would be most grateful if you can help us.”

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The parishioners themselves are willing to play an active part in renovating the church. But their efforts alone will not be enough. And so we were happy to promised them a contribution of $12,000 dollars.



Providing religious Sisters with the basics of life

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© Aid to the Church in Need

She is young, and she works full-time – and yet she still does not have enough to live on. Ruth Nohemi Martinez is 29 years old, and since December 2010, she has been a religious Sister in the community of Our Lady of Guadalupe in San Francisco, in the Department of Atlántida.

Sister Ruth is one of 23 religious Sisters working in the dioceses of La Ceiba on the northern Caribbean coast of the country. Most of these nuns are active in the pastoral and catechetical field. They look after children, young people and adults providing religious instruction in the kindergartens and schools, preparing children for their First Holy Communion and young couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony. In many of these parishes the parish priests simply could not cope without the help of these parish Sisters of “theirs.” At the same time, many of the Sisters are also active in charitable and social fields. In their work with young people they run day-cares, help the children with their homework, provide lunchtime meals service for the poorest children, care for young people in the country areas and provide psychological and pedagogical counselling… Other Sisters work in retirement homes and hospitals and in the apostolate with mothers and women.

© Aid to the Church in Need

© Aid to the Church in Need

The scope of their work is enormous – but there is one thing that all these sisters have in common, and that is the fact that the little money earned by just some of the Sisters for their work is not sufficient to support their communities. Without the help of generous donations from outside this precious and richly blessed ministry of theirs would be impossible. Bishop Michael Lenihan of La Ceiba writes to say: “We thank you with all our hearts for your precious support, which is helping us spread the Good News in our diocese.”

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ACN has always given to the work of these Sisters and will continue to do so this year as well – with a contribution of $13,800 dollars, to ensure apostolates among those of the Consecrated Life, like Sister Ruth, can continue.