ACN PROJECT OF THE WEEK: Sri Lanka
The Rosarians, an Institute of Consecrated Life, are the first contemplative male religious congregation to be founded in Asia. Established in 1928 the congregation also grew a female branch to their order beginning its seeding in 1950.
The founding memberof the institute was Father Bastiampillai Anthonipillai Thomas, who was born in a village near Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
Today, the male branch of the Rosarians has 25 monasteries which are mainly scattered around Sri Lanka and India. Since this is a poorcongregation, it lacks the resources of an international religious family. ACN has felt it important to provide regularl support to the Institute, both in Sri Lanka and in India, funding a range of different projects, including, as in this case with Mass Offerings and help for the formation of its novices.
Help needed more than ever
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, our help is needed more than ever. In Sri Lanka the ongoing lockdown was imposed in mid- March. Like in many other places, public, religious worship is forbidden.
Father Anil, of the monastery in Kochchikade describes what he and his confreres have experienced over the last few months in this densely populated region, among those worst affected in the country by the Covid-19 outbreak. “Within our convent we have been able to maintain our regular prayer times, Eucharistic Adoration and the celebration of Holy Mass. We have prayed and made sacrifices for the people. I have the feeling that we have been permitted to experience many blessings during this time. At present we have no income, but we rejoice in sharing what little we have with our neighbours and with the poor.”
During the lockdown, the Rosarians continue to visit the poor and, while observing the required safety precautions, bring Holy Communion to those who request it. They pray for those in need and provide material assistance.
“We shared with them whatever generous people had brought and helped everyone who requested our help. And we are continuing to help them as much as we can.’
We are proposing to give to the 30 Rosarian priests of the congregation in Sri Lanka your prayerful Mass Offerings, for a total value of$28,188 which will then provide the congregation with a source of subsistence
These Masses will be celebrated for the intentions of the benefactors who have given them. And, at the same time, your offerings will become a vital contribution not only to their own support, but also to the works of charity to which they are devoted.