Successful ACN Project in Madagascar
A home for the Oblates of Toamasina
On the island of Madagascar, the Oblate Missionaries are delighted with their new mission house built thanks to the generosity of our benefactors. Now they have a roof, a safe space and a gathering place for parishioners making this another success story for ACN.
Since 1988, the Oblates of the Immaculate Virgin Mary have been charged with the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, here in Madagascar‘s second-largest city, Toamasina. The original church and parish house were built long ago in 1924, and both buildings have long since suffered the ravages of time and of the tropical weather. The missionaries have already renovated the parish church using their own resources, conscious that the rapidly growing community needed a more dignified place to worship God and celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
However, the mission house was also urgently in need of a long-term solution. The priests’ dwelling already almost had the roof torn off by a cyclone and water leaking in, causing the wood to rot. At the same time, the building was not suited for its purpose since it was completely unsafe and vulnerable to break-ins – representing a real danger to its inhabitants given the high number of assaults and robberies committed against priests and religious in recent years in Madagascar at an unfortunately elevated rate when compared with elsewhere. In addition, very little space was available for parish meetings and other gatherings.
The Oblates decided to build a new mission house, a place that was better able to cope with the needs of the parish and offered a greater degree of security.
This house, now completed, thanks to the $43,800 you have contributed. This new mission house has already benefited the entire parish. Both the missionaries and the Catholic faithful of the parish now want to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped for this.
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