In Bangladesh, the Poor Clare Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, in the convent of Saint Michael in Bhatikashor, bake the hosts for the entire country. Five years ago, we purchased a new host-baking machine for them, with associated host-cutting equipment. As enclosed nuns, they rely on this work to support themselves. They pray, and they bake. Initially, they were doing so for a few dioceses only, but now they are baking for all of them. At the same time, with the passing of the years, the number of Christians has also grown (to some half a million, or 0.3% of the total population), and so has the demand. Now the Sisters have to work all week, seven hours a day, except for Sundays, cutting and baking the hosts. This heavy usage, together with the constant power cuts in Bangladesh, has taken a heavy toll on many of the machine parts. Even the replacement parts we subsequently supplied are wearing out—in particular, the heating elements. We want to provide new parts, and a new dough mixer, since this machine has finally given up the ghost. It will cost $6,500 to provide them with this gesture of our shared faith. Anyone willing to contribute, say, $70?
The Poor Clare Sisters, hidden from the world, like so many other contemplative religious around the world who we also support in this work, continue to bake and pray.
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