The following series of texts has an objective to introduce you to the many kinds of assistance needed by various organizations, parishes or Catholic communities throughout the world.  We invite you to travel with us to all the continents that you may see how very important your support is to them.


Enjoy the read !


By ACN International

Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada


Since 1986, the Handmaids of the Blessed Virgin Mary have had their provincial house in Ruski Krstur in the Vojvodina region of northern Serbia. “Our provincial house is the centre and heart of our Province of Saint Joseph,” they say. Originally a spacious house, with plenty of room to hold meetings, conferences and other events, both for young girls and for women religious, but with time the duties of the sisters have become ever more extensive. Not very far from the Provincial house is a home for the elderly, which did not have many available places. As a result, more and more lonely elderly women came to the sisters seeking accommodation, companionship and care. Each year their numbers grew, making it necessary to build on additional rooms.


SERBIE-2At the same time the sisters’ own community was also growing. Though, of course this was in itself good news, it also presented the convent with problems since things had become increasingly cramped inside the house. So the building needed to be extended a second time.


Though there is now certainly more space available, the expansion has led to another problem in that the original heating system was only designed for the size of the original building, leaving the numerous new rooms unheated. The sisters have already tried several times to repair the existing heating system, which is in a terrible state.


There is no way they haven’t tried to amend the situation, the only solution left is to install a completely new heating system. “That is why we are seeking your financial help,” writes Sister Veronika Anna Graljuk, “and counting on your understanding and kindness, so that together with you we can provide support and dignified care to the elderly people under our roof and help them to prepare in peace for eternal life with God.”


We are hoping to be able to help with a contribution of $11,500.




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