ARGENTINA / BUENOS AIRES Construction of a chapel at the monastery light of the Gospel, Little Sisters of the Lamb –
A chapel for the Little Sisters of the Lamb
The Little Sisters of the Lamb are a new community which was founded in France in 1983. Although it has only been in existence for 33 years, it already has 120 Sisters actively working in 10 different countries.
They pattern themselves on the Franciscan and Dominican model and live a partly contemplative life – which means to say that a major part of their charism consists in adoration and contemplation, although at the same time they also follow Jesus, who walked through Galilee in search of the “lost sheep.” Hence they also devote themselves to serving their fellow men in everyday life.
In 1996 they opened a new house in Buenos Aires where the Sisters care for children and families living on the streets. They take in the poor and also offer a spiritual home to young people studying in the nearby universities. The convent consists of a single-storey building, in which two rooms have been converted into a small chapel. The remaining rooms are used as workshops and guestrooms. In the courtyard at the back there are various other small and simple buildings which provide the living cells and the communal rooms for the eight Sisters living there.
But now the Sisters plan to build a new chapel that will be recognizable as such, and accessible, from the street outside. This is a project that was greatly desired by Pope Francis himself, while he was still Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and he recommended it warmly to ACN back in 2011. He expressed the hope at the time that this chapel and the presence of the Sisters would “encourage the Christian and sacramental life of the many young students who pass by there.”
In order to achieve this, however, the building at the front has to be gutted, partially rebuilt and equipped with a dignified facade. Work has now begun on this project, in fact, and ACN has already given $87,000 CAN towards it. But the rampant inflation in Argentina has resulted in a dramatic increase in costs. So now we are helping again, this time with $145,000 CAN.