To live charitably means not looking out for your own interests,
but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest around us.
Pope Francis – November 2013
On several social media sites this quote of Pope Francis was circulated and it caught my attention especially with the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in mind which caused so much devastation in the Philippines. People of good will from all over the world, including governments, responded with emergency aid.
This exemplifies to what Pope Francis is challenging us: helping to carry the burden and even ease the burden of those who lost homes and belongings. Our confreres in Digos on Mindanao keep us informed as do the Missionary Benedictine Sisters. Their hospital suffered severe damage.
Our community in Hanga, Tanzania, had to close one of their schools due to a devastating fire in the boarding house for 150 boys. Thank God this tragedy did not claim any lives since it happened during the school day and no one was in the building. The boys lost all their belongings and had to be sent home to their families. Sometime in January the school should be reopened.
The Sisters at Chipole, Tanzania, reported a fire in their health clinic that caused some damage. The cause for the fire points to a gas leakage.
The needs of our missionaries never end! You can imagine that reports and letters received at this time of the year confirm that projects could only be accomplished and outreach be provided through the generosity of others.
;We Missionary Benedictines try to “spread Christmas Cheer” with those entrusted to our care. Because of many supporters near and far we can do this. Thank you for believing in our mission.
May you find a way this Christmas Season to brighten the future of brothers and sisters in need. I invite you to select from the general appeals listing a project which you would like to support. Gifts designated will be used 100% for the purpose given.
In thanksgiving for your support a Novena of Nine Holy Masses will be celebrated at Christ the King Priory in Schuyler from January 1st through 9th. Your needs and intentions will be included in our prayers.
God bless you for your anticipated help.
Happy New Year
Fr. Volker, O.S.B.