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Recent Grants

The Papal Foundation has awarded support to over 100 programs and projects in 2020. Grants and scholarships have totaled $11,000,000 as of yet, and reach around the world.

Eastern Europe
Africa
Middle East
Central and South America
The Caribbean
Asia
The Pacific
Western Europe

Eastern Europe

  • Albania – $38,841
    Saint Joseph the Worker School is a technical school belonging to the Diocese of Rrëshen and run by the Somaschi Fathers. The school is a much needed resource in the area considering the social, cultural and economic status of the people in Rrëshen, the scarcity of job opportunities, the lack of professional formation, and the underdevelopment of the public school system. The school was founded in 2004 and offers two years of technical training for electrical work, plumbing, auto mechanics and information technology. After two years the students will be level one certified. Two additional years of training will give the students a level two certification and the necessary classes to attend University. The enrollment of the school is 319. Additionally, the school maintains a boarding house for students who have difficulty with means of transportation to and from school. The Bishop would like to offer financial aid/scholarships to 30 students in need. The financial aid package would include: tuition, boarding, books, basic equipment and transportation.

  • Georgia – $40,000
    Caritas Georgia has been engaged in the childcare sector since 1997. The goal of the Children and Youth Program is to facilitate the upbringing of vulnerable children in a family environment, protecting them from abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination, and ensuring their psycho-social rehabilitation and integration in society. The program aims to meet the basic needs of children in food, shelter and clothing, ensuring their psychological and physical health, providing them with basic/general/additional education and vocational/ professional skills they can use. The Daycare Center serves ninety children between the ages of six and eighteen, from families living below the poverty line, families with multiple children, children with single or no parents and children left without parental care. The majority of the children suffer from post-traumatic syndromes and require psychological rehabilitation. The Daycare Center operates in two shifts according to the school schedules of the children. The amount requested represents about 41% of the daily operational budget. The government subsidizes about 30% of the program and the remainder comes from other donors and agencies.

  • Serbia – $100,000
    In 2011 in the Diocese the Zrenjanin, the Bishop started a long-term project in order to be able to provide a suitable place, Misericordia House, for the retired priests. The idea was to utilize an empty convent for this purpose and there were sufficient rooms for the Diocese to permit the addition of lay residents. This would help cover the cost of maintenance and the Church would at the same time be assisting the elderly in a country where social services for the elderly are not well-developed. The house has a capacity of 43 people and since 2018 it has been full with a waiting list. Three of the residents are priests. In the past year there have been significant changes. More than ever, Misericordia House is developing into a hospice center due to the increased number of residents with severe and sometimes terminal problems. Because of this, there is not enough space in the building for all the activities and services necessary. The Diocese bought an old house behind Misericordia House and started preparing the construction of a new wing with the demolition of the old house. The new wing will include 16 beds and other rooms necessary for the activities of the facility. Other organizations have been contacted for assistance. The amount asked of the Papal Foundation represents approximately 15% of the cost.

  • Serbia – $100,000
    The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Belgrade was built in 1925. In the 40 years following the Second World War it was not used as an ecclesiastical structure. It is the only church in the capital city with sufficient capacity to welcome large numbers of people. Although relatively new, the presence of corrosive humidity has affected the entire structure and rendered the crypt unusable. Important celebrations must often be held in the co-Cathedral, which does not hold all the faithful. The Archbishop wishes to renovate the Cathedral and to establish a small museum, an ecumenical pastoral center and add several meeting rooms. He would also like adapt a part of the Marianum complex to be a residence for elderly and infirm priests. The total cost of the renovations is approximately $527,930. The Archdiocese expects to be able to receive approximately $82,120 from benefactors and from the city of Belgrade. The Archbishop would like to make a request for additional funding. In the past year the space underneath the Cathedral has been cleaned out, the walls cleaned, and conduits dug around the walls.

  • Ukraine – $30,000
    Berehovo, population 24,743, is located in the southwestern part of the Ukraine, a fifteen minute drive from the Hungarian border. Nearly 2500 inhabitants are Greek Catholics. Established in 2007 the Greek Catholic parish of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist is located in the Microrajon district of Berehovo. The 120 families of this parish are a displaced population, having been recruited by the Soviet regime to work in the factories, but now suffering from unemployment following the collapse of the regime and the closure of these factories. The Church is a beacon of hope for these families. Because of irregular public transportation, it is not convenient for these families to attend the nearest church, 5km distant. A local benefactor had given permission to use his premises as a place for worship, but since 2017 they have had to find other arrangements. Presently, the parish has a temporary chapel made of osb boards (similar to particle board). However, it is not suitable for the children because of the cold. In 2016 the parish received a donation which enabled them to purchase the bricks necessary for the construction of the walls, yet they lacked the funding to progress further. The Parish seeks from the Papal Foundation the funds necessary to complete the bricklaying of walls, the installation of the roof, roof cover, floors, windows and doors and other finishing works. The Parish has contributed funds and is seeking funding for heating, electrical and plumbing works from another organization

  • Ukraine – $35,000
    The parish of Saint Andrew Apostle was created in 2009 and is the youngest parish of four in the district of Zhytomyr. The area in which the parish is located has 15,000 inhabitants, among which there are 250 Catholic families. The Diocese rents an apartment for liturgical use in one of the houses and presently 100 to 150 people attend Mass every Sunday. The number of parishioners is increasing and the parish has a vibrant faith life with Bible studies, Rosary groups, the Legion of Mary and catechesis among others. In the future, the parish plans to build a church. A few months ago, the city authorities gave the Parish the opportunity to purchase the apartment rather than rent it. But the parish does not have all the funds needed to purchase and complete the necessary renovations to the apartment.. The Diocese is contributing a portion of the funds and other donors are being sought. The amount requested of the Papal Foundation represents 78% of the total cost.

  • Ukraine – $83,518
    In September 2017 the Ukrainian Catholic University successfully launched a new interdisciplinary BA program in Political Science, entitled “Ethics-Politics-Economics”, with the goal of contributing to the education and formation of a new generation of leaders committed to moral values, human dignity and rights and the promotion of the common good. The University would like to expand the reach of the above-mentioned project through a program called “Christian Values Shaping Society”. The program aims to put together a variety of initiatives: week-long summer schools on various topics, a week-end certificate program on Catholic social teaching, retreats, talks, seminars, conferences, the production of short videos, and a program geared to high school students and their teachers.

 

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Africa

  • Angola – $98,000
    The Sister Servants of Our Lady of Fatima were founded in Portugal in 1923.  Since 1997 the Congregation has been serving in Luanda, Angola, in both pastoral and educational capacities.  In 2001 the Sisters opened Our Lady of Fatima School No 1023, which offered education from pre-school through sixth grade and operates out of Our Lady of Peace Parish.  In 2006, the Sisters opened a middle school offering the continuation of studies for grades seven through nine.  To respond to a shortage of classrooms in Our Lady of Fatima School, Our Lady of Peace Parish granted use of the Parish Center.  Though beneficial to the school, it restricted the Parish’s use of the building for other activities.  When the middle school was opened, the parish regained use of some of the classrooms.  In order to allow the students to continue their education in a religious setting, the Sisters would like to build a secondary school.  A new building with eleven classrooms, a library, and two laboratories would not only provide a much needed educational setting for those students continuing in high school, but it would also allow the Parish Center to return to the use of the parish.

  • Angola – $62,800
    The Archdiocese of Saurimo was erected in 2011 and covers more than 77,000 km2.  Because the Archdiocese was created during a time of war and civil unrest, it lacks the necessary infrastructure to respond adequately to the needs of evangelization.  During the rainy season (nine months of the year) the secondary roads are impassable. In order to aid the evangelization efforts and to support the integral formation of the human person, the Archdiocese wants to install a radio station and transmitting tower.  This will allow the Gospel to be transmitted to all parts of the archdiocese, especially the places where the missionaries may not yet reach or reach infrequently.  In addition, the radio station will be able to transmit secular and world news and other information that the public radio station, controlled by the ruling government party, may not convey.

  • Benin – $49,862
    Each month the Chiara Luce Badano Health Center in Hévié, Benin, serves up to 300 subsistence farmers and their families who otherwise would not have access to medical care.  The Center was established in 2005 and placed under the administration of Our Lady of Visitation Sisters. In 2017 the government ran a road directly through the walls of the primary building, despite a Master Plan that directed the road to be constructed on the far side of the campus.  No reason was given for the change and no compensation was offered.  Patients at the Center were quickly evacuated and cared for as best as possible in other buildings or beneath trees.  Services continue but at a reduced level for diabetes, malaria, hepatitis, typhoid and other diseases, as well as maternity care.  Specialists continue to visit the Center on a regular basis.  The Sisters are seeking to rebuild what was torn down and to place within the new structure a hospital ward, maternity ward and laboratory.  The Sisters have received 60% of the total cost from local contributions or through other agencies.

  • Benin – $100,000
    Founded in 1893 in Colombia, the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate were invited to the Diocese of Natitingou (Benin) in 1999.  They took up residence in the community of Saint Bernadette on the periphery of the city, engaging in the evangelization activity of the parish.  In 2002, the Sisters started a second house in Boukombé in the western part of the Diocese near the border with Togo.  The apostolate of this house is dedicated to education, especially for the poorest.  In 2015, the Sisters relocated from Saint Bernadette to Baka, a community located 6 km from Parakou.  Here the Sisters would like to build a formation house for their Aspirants, Postulants and Novices. Presently, there are two Sisters dedicated to assisting young women with vocational discernment and five young women considering religious life.  The Congregation has been blessed with four native African Sisters in temporary vows and two novices.  These Sisters have been sent to Panama or Colombia for their initial formation.  However, the Congregation understands the need for and desires that the Sisters receive their formation in their own culture.  In order to provide for future African vocations, the Congregation has secured land for the purpose of building a two-story house of formation, but does not have the necessary financial means to begin construction.

  • Benin – $100,000
    Notre Dame de l’Espérance-Lanta Retreat Center is situated on a hill in the northern part of the Diocese of Lokossa and is easily accessible to the four neighboring Dioceses.  Since its creation in 1995, the Center has served over 2500 people annually.  The Retreat Center serves all ages, from children to adults, married couples to consecrated persons, priests, and groups and associations. In 2018, the Center completed construction on sixteen cabins to accommodate retreatants, part of a long-range building plan.  The goal is to erect twenty-four cabins, 14 large and 10 small, in three concentric circles in the style of the traditional Tata Somba houses typical in the northern part of Benin.  The Center is seeking funds to construct six large cabins, the foundations of which have already been laid.

  • Burkina Faso – $100,000
    Over the years the small chapel of Saint Joseph in Zorgo has been badly damaged, surviving on provisional repairs in order to avoid total collapse.  The chapel is used not only for the celebration of Mass but for other spiritual events and meetings such as the Legion of Mary, catechetical classes, and the daily rosary.  The Chapel is not only too small for the present needs but its state of decay often causes the faithful to gather outside of it for the recitation of the rosary or other activities.  The Bishop would like to rebuild the chapel and, in the long term future, eventually add other facilities such as meeting rooms.

  • Burkina Faso – $100,000
    The Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Ouagadougou was founded in 1924 and assists in the development of Burkina Faso through the healthcare and education apostolates, paying particular attention to the needs of women and girls. Young women of secondary school age often do not finish their studies.  Many, in fact, are entrusted to tutors after fifth grade because there is no secondary school in the village.  The girls who do manage to attend school in another city must walk or travel by bicycle.  Oftentimes they must confront sexual harassment and violence, and in addition to the chores they must do for the private tutors, the girls do not have the time, the lighting and the calm necessary to pursue their studies, making them some of the most vulnerable in society.   The Sisters would like to build a home where they can offer hospitality to girls who come to study.  In order to be self-sustaining the Sisters also envisage this location as a place where other young women can assist in the production of moringa (a plant with medicinal properties) and as a place where the Sisters can offer hospitality to others.

  • Burkina Faso – $86,716
    Erected in 2012, the Diocese of Tenkodogo is located in the central part of Burkina Faso.  Catholics number about 15% of the population in the province where the Diocese lies.  Twenty-nine diocesan priests, 4 religious priests, 10 priests on loan from other dioceses and 55 religious sisters serve in the Diocese. The Diocese has 25 major and 52 minor seminarians and over 350 catechists.  What the Diocese is lacking are infrastructures necessary for carrying out its evangelizing and spiritually renewing activities.  In the seven years since its foundation, and with the help of various benefactors, the Diocese has gradually been putting into place the necessary structures.  They have built a home for the Bishop and administrative offices and are now in the midst of building a Pastoral Center for Diocesan meetings.  Because of the vast size of the Diocese it is necessary to also have bedrooms where those coming from distant areas can stay.  The Pastoral Center already has a meeting room, dining hall, and two dormitories.  Still to be constructed are: a perimeter wall, a water tower, chapel, two more dormitories, and 24 bedrooms for priests. 

  • Burundi – $100,000
    The Congregation of the Sister Workers of the Holy House of Nazareth has been present in Burundi for more than fifty years in response to Pope Paul VI’s call to missionary work.  The Sisters work in dispensaries, schools, flour mills, fields and trade schools in order to give dignity to a people that has suffered both from genocide and oppression from dictators.  In the 1980s the Congregation started a Center of faith formation for the youth, for the postulants and for the novices, an initiative necessary for the initial formation of those who choose to consecrate themselves to the Religious life.  The Center offers moments of formation (weekends or other short periods) to which the youth attend in great numbers, some of them joining the Congregation. The present structure, built in the 1980s, is no longer sufficient for the needs of the Congregation.  When a second level needed to be added, the building was reinforced with iron beams because it lacked an adequate foundation, something not required at the time of its construction.  The increase in numbers of youth participating in the formation programs has necessitated the addition of another building at the recommendation of architects who discouraged the addition of another floor to the existing structure.  The new two-story building will be capable of accommodating 28 people.  The project will be carried out in conjunction with Italian and Burundian architects, using some materials from Italy.  The Sisters have secured the help of local donations and other organizations.

  • Burundi – $55,782
    The Foyer de Charité has been operating in Giheta-Gitega since 1992.  Its mission is to welcome guests and to offer psychological and spiritual accompaniment especially to those suffering from depression, anxiety, anguish, regardless of religious affiliation.  While the Foyer has several rooms for guests to stay overnight, it is no longer able to welcome all who come, due to the demand.  The Foyer also is not able to welcome those who are physically disabled or impaired, some of whom travel long distances to avail themselves of the spiritual and psychological assistance given by the Foyer.  The Priest responsible for the Foyer would like to add an additional building with 15 bedrooms, three of which will be handicap accessible.  The amount requested of the Papal Foundation represents 31% of the total cost.

  • Burundi – $84,831
    The Archdiocese of Bujumbura is home to over 1.5 million Catholics served by 200 priests, diocesan and religious, in 33 parishes.  In May of 2018, the previous Archbishop retired from his post, and having nowhere else to reside, took up residence in a retirement home for elderly and infirm priests.  His Excellency, however, has expressed the desire to have a small home that would be a bit more comfortable where he could rest, welcome guests and work on his memoirs.  Yet, the Archdiocese that he has shepherded for the past twenty years has no funds available.  The present Archbishop wishes to build a modest house for use of the retired Archbishop, that will belong to the Archdiocese and remain at the service of future retired Archbishops for many years to come.  The amount requested from the Papal Foundation represents 50% of the total cost.  The Archbishop has solicited contributions from the local parish communities and from another organization.

  • Cameroon – $56,267
    Saint Joseph Cathedral is the main parish in the Diocese of Mamfe.  Opened in 1936, the Parish has 12 Mission Stations serving nearly 45,000.  Two priests are assigned to the parish and four other priests reside there.  There are fifteen catechists, two of whom are trained, as well as eight sisters from three different religious Congregations. The majority of the Mission Stations are rural and the catechists bear most of the burden for the pastoral care of souls in the Mission Stations. Because the catechists play such an important role in the evangelization of the people, the Administrator of the Cathedral wants to be able to construct a fitting house for the two catechists and their families assigned to the Cathedral.  Describing the present living conditions of these catechists as “disturbing”, the Administrator wants to assure that they have a “deserving place to stay and carry out their work of evangelization”.  This building will also serve as a “pastoral habitat” for the seminarians assigned to the Parish.  The building will have two separate housing units, each containing 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen, dining room, and parlor.  The upkeep of the building will fall to the Parish.

  • Central African Republic – $59,277
    The Camillian Fathers, who have as their apostolate the mission of caring for the sick, poor and most in need, for the past few years have coordinated and managed the Saint John Paul II Hospital in Bossemptélé.  The hospital was built and began caring for the sick under the direction of a Carmelite Sister, who shortly thereafter died tragically in a car accident causing the closure of the hospital.  The Carmelites, seeing the need of healthcare for the sick, approached the Camillian Fathers who agreed to reopen the hospital. Compounding the lack of healthcare for the residents of Bossemptélé is sheer poverty and the lack of potable water.  Access to water is very scarce and 45.5% of the population do not have access to potable water.  The people gather water from the streams without concern for the consequences to health and hygiene.  This perpetuates their poverty and contributes to diarrhea and other microbe related illnesses, which can be dangerous for children and which complicate the treatment of tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS.  On the land situated next to the hospital, the Camillian Fathers propose to dig a well and install a filtration system, first of all, to secure potable water for the hospital, but also to benefit the people of the village.  The Fathers propose to train a committee to oversee, not only the maintenance of the well, but also the management of the water, setting a tariff on its usage so that villagers may also receive water while at the same time helping to offset the cost of maintenance.  The Camillian Fathers also propose courses for the villagers on the importance, for both health and hygiene, of potable water.

  • Congo, Dem Rep – $100,000
    Founded in 1947 by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Saint Thérèse Minor Seminary is a Diocesan institution with the mission of forming the youth who desire to become priests.  Located 60 km from Idiofa in a rural part of the Diocese, the Seminary each year welcomes boys between the ages of 10 and 18, the majority of whom come from impoverished families.  Fifteen formators, both lay and clerical, along with 10 workers assist with the training of 250 students.  The Seminary was built to house 60 students.  The present enrolment poses a serious problem for the capacity of the Seminary, especially in regards to the sleeping quarters.  The overcrowded conditions in the present quarters accelerate the spread of illness and are less than adequate for study.  The Bishop would like to construct an additional dormitory building with bedrooms, bathrooms and  showers.

  • Congo, Dem Rep – $100,000
    The Diocese of Boma has a population of 1.3 million inhabitants, eighty percent of whom are Catholic, divided among 47 parishes.  The Diocese has 323 priests who vary in age from 29 to 75.  The Diocese is blessed to have 123 seminarians and predicts that in ten years the number of priests will be about 420.  Of the 323 priests presently ordained, twenty-five percent (81 priests) fall in the 51 to 70 age range and ten percent (32 priests) are over 70.  Presently the retired priests or those who are infirm must take up residence in a nursing home that is itself “aged with many fissures and cracks”.  The Diocese would like to build a suitable home where the elderly and infirm priests can live in retirement.  The plans consist of a one level home with chapel and common dining room and kitchen with approximately 30 rooms opening in to a common courtyard and a covered terrace outside each entrance.  The building project costs €126,300, of which €16,000 is expected to be raised locally.

  • Congo, Dem Rep – $100,000
    In the letter of recommendation from the Bishop of the Diocese of Kisantu, (Democratic Republic of the Congo), the Bishop highlights the experience of the priest who is the project manager of this project.  He was ordained a priest in 1991 in Rome and studied Biblical Theology at the Gregorian University.  After completing a pastoral experience in the Diocese of Münster, he returned to the country to look after the young priests (those ordained five years or less).  He is also very interested in the education of youth.  He created an association, HIKAF asbl, in order to help intelligent children from poor families receive an education up to University.  He is the promoter of the Collegio Mater Vitae which each year educates 500 children from 3 to 12 years old.  The priest would like to add a secondary school building to that the students may continue their education at the secondary level.  The building will contain 12 classrooms, a computer room, a covered inner courtyard and bathrooms. The website for the association HIKAF states that the acronym stands for “Help for children from poor families”.  The school (Collegio Mater Vitae), operated by HIKAF asbl, was built in 2006 and provides all the necessary materials (notebooks, etc) to the children so that no child feels disadvantaged or poorer.

  • Congo, Dem Rep – $21,468
    Saint Pius X Minor Seminary was established in 1953.  In the past few years the number of seminarians enrolled was fifty.  This year it increased by two.  In order to feed the seminarians, the Seminary relies on their tuition, the contributions of the Dioceses, a subsidy sent from Rome and aid from benefactors. The Seminary carries a significant financial burden in providing food water, and electricity to the Seminarians.  Because of the lack of electricity, the Seminary must run its own generator in order to drill for water, which becomes very expensive due to the price of gas.  Through a gift from another agency, the Seminary was able to begin renovations to the Seminary building.  The pouring of the concrete is finished.  The Rector seeks aid in painting the walls for five classrooms, the office of the Rector and the five dormitories of the seminarians along with tiling the floors of the corridors, the classrooms and the dormitories.

  • Côte D'Ivoire – $100,000
    Claire Amitié Internationale is an association with the mission of welcoming, accompanying and training girls and young women in eight foyers in the African Francophone countries, as well as Brazil and Cambodia.  The Foyer in Bouaké opened in 1966 at the request of the Bishop and succeeded in welcoming 150 girls and young women in its first year.  In the years following the closure of the school from 2002 to 2007 due to civil and political unrest, the school was reopened but its physical condition had vastly deteriorated.  Today the school is in need of renovation and enlargement in order to be able accommodate 250 girls and young women. The Foyer aims to welcome and provide certified basic training for girls who are not in school or did not receive schooling due to the war and civil unrest; to develop diploma courses permitting young women to acquire in two or three years a Certificate of Professional Aptitude; to provide training for young women seeking to work as seamstresses, as beauticians, as pastry chefs, in restaurants and in hotels.

  • Côte D'Ivoire – $100,000
    The Neocatechumenal Way (NCW) is present in thirteen of the fifteen dioceses of Côte D’Ivoire, catechizing and continuing the work of evangelization.  With help from the Papal Foundation, the NCW built in 2006 the church of the Holy Family of Nazareth in Divo, a city in the southern part of the country. In 2000, the NCW opened the Nazareth Centre in Divo.  During the year the Centre welcomes groups of youth, married couples, religious, priests and neocatechumenal prayer groups.  The Centre can accommodate 120 people, but with the increase in numbers of participants, the NCW is obliged to enlarge the structure and is in the process of adding a new building that will contain 35 bedrooms, with two smaller rooms and one larger room for welcoming guests.  The amount requested represents 26% of the total cost of the project.  Ten percent of the money needed has been raised locally or received from another organization.

  • Egitto – $100,000
    The Eparchy of Luxor of the Copts was erected in 1895 to serve Coptic Catholics and is located along the Nile River in the southern part of Egypt.  The Cathedral of Saint George is an important part of the Eparchy, serving as the parish church for nearly 4500 faithful and serving as the point of reference for the more than 20,000 people of the Eparchy.  It serves as a place for meetings for youth and families as well as the formation of catechists.  It provides a place for social, educational, recreational and cultural events as well as participating in various ecumenical and interreligious initiatives. In 2016, a few days after the appointment of the newest Bishop, a fire broke out at dawn, engulfing the Cathedral.  No cause has been given for the fire, though arson is suspected.  The Cathedral is essentially unfit for use with destroyed roof, compromised structural damages, burnt pews and other furnishings.  It has also seriously compromised the rectory, the classrooms used for catechism and the meeting rooms.

  • Ethiopia – $73,230
    In Ethiopia kindergartens are privately owned, and most of them are located in major cities.  The town of Kebele is located 50 kilometers from the main city of Emdibir. The parish there runs the only kindergarten in the area. The current building was constructed of wood and mud with a dirt floor. The roof is not properly attached, and this has caused cracking in the walls.  The building has no electricity, water, or proper sanitation.  This environment makes teaching and learning difficult. The parish wishes to have a new building professionally constructed out of brick. The new building would have four rooms, three to be used as classrooms and one as an office area. The proposed building would also have a proper bathroom.

  • Ethiopia – $100,000
    In Ethiopia, 80% of the population live in rural area with women providing the majority of the agricultural labor force.  Women’s access to resources and community participation are usually mediated through men.  However, when women have access to their own income, they are more likely to spend it on the betterment of their families and participate more fully in the life of the village.  Although the primary school enrolment rate of girls has almost doubled from 21% to 42% in the last ten years, the majority of girls are not able to transition to secondary and university education due to distance, personal security and economic challenges.  Ethiopian Catholic University La Salle (ECU La Salle), established following a request made by the former Prime Minister to Pope Saint John Paul II in order to address the acute needs of the country and, in particular, to focus on health and medical services,  would like to serve as a model institution by empowering women through education.  ECU La Salle would like to provide internationally recognized medical instruction to students and accessible perinatal clinical services to the local community, targeting specifically female students from rural areas.  In expanding its medical services, the University requests funding to support 12 staff members, professional workshops, clinical experiences and general operating support.

  • Ethiopia – $86,799
    The Apostolic Vicariate of Hosanna, situated 235 km south of Addis Ababa, was erected in 2010.  The Vicariate serves a largely rural population whose livelihood depends on agriculture.  Located in a densely populated part of the country, land shortage, droughts and flooding limit the economic progress of the people. The foundation stone for the Cathedral of Saint Joseph was laid in July 2012.  Work on the Cathedral began in November of that same year but pastoral demands and other exigencies, including the illness and death of the construction contractor and the related legal delays have caused the project to be put to the side for more than three years.  In 2017 a new Bishop was appointed and he would like to bring this project to completion so that the more than 2000 Catholic faithful can benefit from an environment conducive to prayer and evangelization.  The amount requested represents approximately 37% of the remaining cost.

  • Ghana – $100,000
    The Apostolic Vicariate of Donkorkrom is located in the Kwahu Afram Plains in the Eastern Region of Ghana.  Of the two districts that make up the Afram Plains, the southern one has an estimated population of 115,812 spread out over 238 communities.  The Holy Spirit Health Centre (HSHC) is a Catholic health facility which operates under the auspices of the Christian Health Association of Ghana.  It is one of six sub-health facilities in the district and provides daily services to clients in mostly rural communities, treating malaria, hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, and handling critical cases related to childbirth. Like other health care centres in the district, HSHC has inadequate facilities, neither having the space nor the equipment for delivering quality standard medical and surgical services.  Patients needing surgery or suffering from severe ailments must be transported to other larger hospitals several hours distant, resulting in the death of some patients.  The Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, who run HSHC, would like to transform it into a 350 patient bed hospital.  In the first phase the Sisters would like to add an Out-Patient Departments, Operating Rooms and 150 beds (50 each for men, women and children).

  • Ghana – $100,000
    The Arnold Janssen Spirituality Centre in the Archdiocese of Accra is owned and operated by the Divine Word Missionaries.  The goal of the Centre is to deepen the faith and spiritual lives of priests, religious and laity.  The Centre offers retreats, days of recollection, spiritual direction, catechetical and biblical formation as well as marriage counselling.  The Centre also serves as a locus for youth formation and runs programs for spiritual, social and psychological development.  Situated on a 14 acre plot of land, the Centre has a chapel that can accommodate 200 people, two lecture halls which accommodate 25 and 50 people respectively, a dining hall, kitchen, storerooms and restrooms.  There is also a house with one guestroom for the two Divine Word Missionaries who oversee the direction and daily operations of the Centre. Many priests, religious and laity who have sought to use the facilities for more than one day have been turned away due to the lack of available facilities for overnight guests.  In response to this the Director proposes to build 46-bedroom guest house.  The foundation has been laid and work on the first two floors continues.  Local donations and the contribution of two provinces of the Congregation have covered 31% of the cost.  The sum requested of the Papal Foundation is equivalent to about 17% of the cost and would assist with completing the construction of the administrative offices, chapel, recreation room, kitchenette, laundry, storeroom and 15 bedrooms. 

  • Guinea – $67,210
    Holy Cross Parish in the city of Macenta is one of eighteen parishes in the Diocese of N’Zérékoré.  The Diocese is situated in the southeastern part of the country and has a population of nearly 315,000.  Farming, raising livestock, artisan work and small commerce are the sources of livelihood for this rural community, where 75% are illiterate.  Catholics number only 3.5% (11,050) of the population, Muslims 10.9% and Protestants 1.9%.  The majority adhere to native religious beliefs. The Bishop would like to build two chapels for the outposts of the parish in Kassaga and in Sangassou.  In Kassanga, the faithful pray in a small house which they built for this purpose.  The house, dating from 1980, is poorly constructed due to the lack of a qualified engineer.  The house is too small to accommodate the numbers, thanks to an increased number of conversions.  The community of Kassanga would like to build something adequate, but lacks the materials and has opted to repair and maintain the house until they can find something better.  In Sangassou there are 300-400 practicing Catholics.  Its house of prayer was destroyed during a storm in 2016.  The new chapels in both locations would contain a main room for worship, a sacristy, an office for the catechist and a terrrace.

  • Kenya – $57,630
    The Incarnate Word Sisters were founded in 1625 in Lyon, France.  The apostolate of the Congregation is to promote the dignity of the human person, especially the poor and the marginalized.  In Africa since 1979, the Sisters mainly work in remote areas, slums, conflict zones, and arid regions.  The Sisters aim at alleviating the dire poverty through education, the empowerment of women, and the caring for suffering children. The city of Molo, Kenya, where the Sisters have a Novitiate, a nursery school and a primary school, is a place rife with ethnic and politic conflicts, dating back to unrest since the time of the country’s independence.  Through the aid of other organizations, the Sisters have built the two schools in order to influence the development of the children so that the children can become agents of change in the future with a solid education and Christian values.  The Sisters ministering in these schools, however, have no permanent housing and are staying in the Novitiate.  Due to the large number of novices, the Novitiate house can no longer provide accommodation to these Sisters.  The Sisters are looking to build a convent with a chapel to house the five Sisters serving in these schools. 

  • Kenya– $100,000
    Founded in 1849 in Spain, the Claretian Missionaries number more than three thousand members and serve in 65 countries on five continents.  Present in Kenya since 1991, the Congregation works for the social and human development of the most disadvantaged groups in society. The Ngaremara Mission, located 20 km north of Isiolo, was established in 1985 and entrusted to the Claretian Fathers in 2009.  95% of the population lives below the poverty line and the church has no place for the people to go to receive catechesis.  As a result, though 95% of the population are nominally Christian, they continue to live in a manner that does not reflect Christian values, engaging in cattle rustling, female genital mutilation, child marriages and chewing of miraa (also called khat, a plant with stimulant effects that leads to dependency).  A retreat center would provide the opportunity for both young and old alike to learn more about the faith and to submerse themselves in a culture conducive to living the faith.  The retreat center will also enhance the economy of the local community, providing jobs.

  • Kenya – $98,573
    The Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ was founded in Nigeria in 1937.  The Sisters participate in the missionary work of the Church by fostering healing through psychotherapy and counseling services, through teaching in schools at all levels, through work in hospitals, maternities and children’s homes and through catechesis in the parishes where they serve. After observing greater need for psychotherapy and counseling services for those in formation, religious, clergy, students in college and the poor in the slums, the Congregation decided to construct an integrated counseling center.  The construction of the building is complete and was funded by the Italian Episcopal Conference.  What remains are the external works: security cameras, roads and parking, drainage systems for storms and waste, the perimeter fence and the gate.

  • Madagascar – $100,000
    October of 1985 saw the arrival of the first five Salesian Sisters in Madagascar poised to carry out their mission of education and evangelization. Today the Sisters number 51, twelve of whom are missionaries, the remaining Sisters are natives of Madagascar, fifteen of whom are in temporary vows.  The Sisters are present in eight locations in Madagascar and operate various schools, formation centers and youth centers, among other catechetical work. The Provincial House of the Community was recently transferred to Antananarivo.  The house contains a chapel with a capacity for 15 people, a kitchen, a refectory (dining room) and several bedrooms.  Some of the rooms are occupied by the Sisters holding positions in the provincial government.  Rooms are also needed for the Sisters working in the locality as well as those studying.  The infrastructure is no longer adequate for welcoming visiting Sisters.  The Sisters would like to construct a three story dwelling to include a chapel that seats seventy, offices, archives, kitchen, dining hall, bedrooms and large meeting (formation) room.  The Congregation is donating a portion of the funds and another agency is being asked to assist with financing the project.

  • Malawi – $100,000
    The Holy Family Cathedral in Dedza was established in 1910 by the Missionaries of Africa.  The constructed was completed five years later, making it one of the oldest parishes in the country, which first received Catholic missionaries in 1901.  The Cathedral serves 48,000 Catholics from 20 out churches within a 48 km radius.  The Cathedral has two priests assigned to it, who alternate between celebrating the packed Masses at the Cathedral or celebrating Masses at the out churches.  The Cathedral is exhibiting all the usual effects of a building that is well over a hundred years old: leaks, sagging floors, walls in need of replastering and/or painting.  Additionally, the Cathedral needs to install a sound system so that the priest can be heard by all.  The pastor would like to replace the plain benches with pews and kneelers so that everyone, especially the elderly, can benefit from the back support.  There are no toilets and sinks for the priests or the faithful.  The rectory is also in desperate need of renovations.  While it is spacious enough, it only has two bathrooms, which become well used at parish events attended by hundreds of people.  The roof needs to be replaced, the walls need to be replastered and painted.  The windows need protection against break-ins.  The people of the region are very poor and live in grass thatched huts and cannot fundraise for the necessary renovations. 

  • Morocco – $100,000
    The Order of Friars Minor was founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1209 and was “baptized” in Marrakech, Morocco, in 1220 with the blood of the first five Franciscan martyrs, whose martyrdoms were instrumental in the decision of Saint Anthony of Padua to enter the Order.  For more than eight centuries the Friars have served in Morocco, receiving bishops, priests and religious into their home; coordinating pastoral service to many parts of Morocco; serving the poor, the imprisoned, pilgrims and visitors and university students; engaging in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue; and offering a Christian witness in a Muslim nation. The present Pastoral Center in Marrakech, dating to 1928, has experienced the negative impact of the climate, which varies from freezing winters to harsh and hot summers.  The materials used at the time were not of as high a quality as the materials of today.  Water damage and humidity have left their mark on the walls and ceilings.  The electrical wiring and plumbing needs to be updated.  Windows need better protective coverings to keep out birds and floor tiles need replacing.  New bathrooms are to be constructed with higher quality sinks and toilets.  The amount requested represents 30% of the cost.

  • Nigeria – $57,218
    The Diocese of Pankshin was erected in 2014 and is located in the central mountainous part of Nigeria, where most people are subsistence farmers with very low income.  St Theresa Parish in Tukung is one of twenty-five parishes in the Diocese and is located on the outskirts of Pankshin.  The local population is about 3200 Catholics, who frequent the 15 outstation churches in the area.  The Parish has been struggling to build a fitting church for the community.  With various donations from the local community, the church structure is complete but without a roof.  The Diocese is asking for assistance in completing the structure. 

  • Nigeria – $97,105
    The Apostolic Vicariate of Kontagora is located in northern Nigeria with the Niger River running through it.  The Vicarate has 18 parishes and 900 outstation churches served by 34 priests, 78 catechists and hundreds of volunteers.  There are seven convents of Sisters who operate various schools and clinics.  The Vicariate is situated in an area that is predominantly Muslim.  While there are no open attacks on the Church, there is a growing culture of discrimination and public schools educate only in the Islamic tradition. Graduates of the Catholic schools situated on the east bank of the Niger River have no Catholic secondary school available to them.  The Vicariate is in the process of building a co-ed school with separate male and female dormitories in order to serve nearly 400 students.  As the Vicariate cannot afford to build a secondary school for each primary school and find the appropriate number of qualified teachers, it is opting to build one larger regional facility.  The Vicarate has already paid for and nearly completed the construction of three classroom blocks and two dormitories.  The Vicariate is seeking funds from the Papal Foundation to construct two housing units for staff; to purchase 200 chairs, 100 desks, 50 bunk beds and 25 4-locker units; to install 16 student showers/restrooms, to install a grinding machine and construct the building for it; to pay for the installation of electricity and to construct a school hall that will also function as a place of worship.

  • Nigeria – $41,667
    Located in the delta area of Nigeria, the Diocese of Bomadi is characterized by creeks, swamps and low-lying marshy wetland subject to perennial flooding during the rainy seasons.  Absent from the area are accessible roads, electricity, potable water, health care, public schools and government presence.  The majority of the people live in rural areas where they engage in subsistence farming and fishing. The Diocese sees the need to provide quality education to the youth, especially the underprivileged whose families cannot afford to pay for quality education in other schools.  The Diocese wishes to build a block of four classrooms to serve 135 students at the junior secondary level and an administrative block.  This will assist the Diocese in its goal of providing at least one secondary school for each Deanery.  The amount requested represents 67% of the total cost.

  • Rwanda – $54,623
    The Rukingu School, located in the Archdiocese of Kigali, provides inclusive education to disabled children, educating them together with their non-disabled peers.  The school enrolls 1,490 students, 133 of whom have disabilities.  Of these 133 students, 85 of them, 35 boys and 50 girls, are accommodated in a Center built next to the school.  The remaining 48 children return to their families in the evenings.  However, in returning to their families, they face daily hardships of discrimination and marginalization by relatives without disabilities who maltreat them and force them to return to the Center. In view of this, the Center would like to expand its ability to provide accommodation for disabled children by building and equipping a dormitory with the capacity for 50 children, 30 girls and 20 boys.  The amount requested represents 95% of the overall cost, the remainder coming from local contributions.

  • Rwanda – $100,000
    In 2015, the Episcopal Conference of Rwanda presented to the Papal Foundation a proposal to construct a Pastoral Center in Runda, a city located in the Diocese of Kabgayi, but more importantly located in the center of the country and easily accessible to all the dioceses.  The purpose of the Pastoral Center is to provide a place to support pastoral activities and heal the wounds caused by the genocide in 1994.   To date, the first phase of construction is complete.  The foundation is poured.  The walls and the roof are in place with the necessary tubing inserted for plumbing and electricity.  In addition to receiving local support, six other organizations have contributed to the progress already made.  The second phase includes ceiling work, tiling the floors, plastering and painting the walls and the installation of doors and windows.

  • Rwanda – $100,000
    The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception were founded in Poland in 1673 and promote devotion to Our Lady as well as devotion to Divine Mercy.  In 1984 the Marian Fathers established their first mission in the north of Rwanda and now have a Formation House there.  The Fathers more recently have taken on a mission in Kibeho, where Our Lady appeared from 1981 to 1989.  These apparitions have been approved by the Church and Kibeho has been called “the Lourdes of Africa”. With approximately 100,000 visitors each year, the Marian Fathers are trying to expand their ability to evangelize the people, many of whom do not know the basics of the faith.  Having constructed a Formation Center for receiving pilgrims and running retreats, the Fathers would like to add two buildings to the property: one dedicated to exhibitions illustrating salvation history and the Christian life, the other dedicated to sacred Scripture.  The amount requested would completely lay the foundation for the first building and finish the first exhibit on creation.

  • Senegal – $100,000
    Saint John Paul II parish was formed from the merger of two out stations of another parish (Our Lady of Cape Verde) in 2002, receiving its present name in October 2011.  The straddles the two villages of Pikine and Guédiawaye with a combined Catholic population of 24,638.  Youth make up 70% of the population and are often uneducated and unemployed.  The parish presently has two chapels for worship which are not sufficient for the number of Catholics the parish serves.  Often tarpaulins are put up to provide shelter for the worshippers who cannot fit inside.  These circumstances oblige the three priests to have many Masses in order for the faithful to be able to participate, not including those celebrated with Base Ecclesial Communities, small Christian communities that live the communal model of Christian life. The Archbishop would like to construct a parish church where the faithful may come to celebrate the sacraments and practice their faith. The local contribution equals almost 40% of the cost.  The amount requested of the Papal Foundation represents 18% of the cost and other benefactors are being sought.

  • Senegal – $100,000
    The Diocese of Kaolack was erected in 1965 and is composed of eighteen parishes divided into four deaneries.  Christians make up only two percent of the population.  While the Christians live in harmony with the Muslims and other religious traditions, it is, nevertheless, a real challenge to live in a predominantly Muslim country as a Christian, not only with regard to the faith, but also economically, in terms of poverty, employment and accessibility of land and socially, in terms of marriage and relative isolation. The Cathedral, numbering 1335 parishioners, was founded in 1914 by missionary Fathers and for a long time was the only parish in the city of Kaolack.  The present presbytery is in poor condition and was acquired from the missionary Fathers when they departed from the Parish.  In addition to the poor living conditions, the presbytery does not have any space to offer hospitality to priests who are passing through the city.  The Bishop would like to build a new presbytery to offer an adequate though modest living arrangement for those assigned to the Cathedral as well as having a few spare rooms for guests.  25% of the funding is coming from other sources.

  • South Africa – $100,000
    Established in 2001 by the Scalabrinian Sisters, the Bienvenu Shelter for refugee and migrant women and their children serves more than 2,500 people in Johannesburg.  One of the major sources of tension between host communities and refugees is the notion that refugees take away jobs from the local residents.  In addition to competing for scarce local/casual work, the women usually come from non-English speaking countries where civil war and unrest have limited access to education.  Many are illiterate in their own native tongues.  The Shelter offers vocational skills training in dressmaking, working as a beautician, hairdressing and baking.  Upon successful completion of the course, each women receives a business start-up kit.  The Shelter also provides assistance with accommodation, food, medical, psychological and social services; it also helps the women to access legal documents.  The children receive assistance and, when of age, are sent to school.  The Sisters seek assistance in funding the daily operations of the shelter.  The annual budget is nearly $565,000.  

  • South Africa – $90,000
    Located in the Archdiocese of Bloemfontein, Marisdal High School is a co-educational public Catholic boarding school.  The School has been under pressure for some time to renovate the dormitories and bathrooms in order to improve its sanitary conditions.  The work to be done includes: renovation of dormitories and bathrooms, painting walls, refinishing wood, replacing the sink in the kitchenette, repainting the staff quarters, installation of storage shelves in the staff kitchen, repairing the leaks in the roof and in the walls, tiling, filling and plumbing work associated with the installation of showers.

  • South Africa – $55,327
    Mother Hostia’s Haven was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg.  It assists terminally ill elderly women, some of whom cannot be cared for by their families, others homeless with nowhere to recuperate after being hospitalized.  The Sisters help to track and reunite families, when possible.  They also offer counselling and pastoral care, as well as accompanying the residents to their medical appointments.  In addition, the Sisters also feed and clothe many homeless and destitute families on the streets when donations are available.  

  • Swaziland – $100,000
    Good Shepherd Mission Hospital (GSMH) was founded in 1949 and is the only Catholic Hospital in the Kingdom of eSwatini.  The facility has 225 beds and treats an average of 25,000 people per quarter. The present Outpatient Department at the hospital treats over 96,000 patients yearly, but the space is inadequate.  There are three consultation rooms shared by six doctors.  This exposes clients to other illnesses and affects patient privacy, often resulting in misdiagnosis because the patient did not want to speak freely to the doctor for fear of being overheard.  The expansion of the Outpatient Department would allow the hospital to respond to the population growth and resulting increase in recurrence of diseases.  Included in this project is the expansion of the Emergency Room as two departments work together to assist those who need acute medical care.    The present Outpatient Department at the hospital treats over 96,000 patients yearly, but the space is inadequate.  There are three consultation rooms shared by six doctors.  This exposes clients to other illnesses and affects patient privacy, often resulting in misdiagnosis because the patient did not want to speak freely to the doctor for fear of being overheard.  The expansion of the Outpatient Department would allow the hospital to respond to the population growth and resulting increase in recurrence of diseases.  Included in this project is the expansion of the Emergency Room as two departments work together to assist those who need acute medical care.   

  • Swaziland – $100,000
    St Theresa’s Clinic was established in the 1940s and serves as a primary healthcare facility offering maternity and pediatric care, general medicine, dental care, laboratory services, testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS and diabetic care.  The clinic serves about 500 people daily.  Hope House, located 50 meters down the road, was established in 2001 in order to provide residential palliative care and support for those affected by tuberculosis, AIDS and HIV. Both of these institutions consume large amounts of electricity due to the equipment needed to provide services to the people.  The installation of solar panels would decrease the amount of electricity needed from the local service provider.  The solar panels are guaranteed for 25 years but could have a lifespan of up to 50 years.   

  • Swaziland – $100,000
    Holy Rosary Parish in the city of Mankayane was erected as a parish in 1992.  Prior to the construction of the parish church, Mass was celebrated in a farm house with two rooms for the living space of the priest and one large room that served as the church.  Presently, the large room in the rectory is a gathering place for catechesis. The present arrangement of the living quarters for the priest is not ideal.  The two rooms (bedroom and kitchen) do not lend themselves to privacy nor to prayer when there are catechetical classes taking place in the large room.  Neither is there a place for another resident priest or a visiting priest to stay.  The Bishop would like to build a suitable rectory with three bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, one small office and a small chapel. 

  • Tanzania – $90,000
    The Congregation of Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters was founded in 1937.  The Congregation numbers 452 Sisters with 47 postulants and 17 candidates.  The present convent, which contains the administrative offices of the Congregation as well as the chapel, bedrooms, dining room and other rooms designated for the community life of the Sisters, was built in 1942 and sits on 200 hectares of land.  The convent has been renovated five times and in 2011 the Sisters were advised by engineers called to repair cracks in the structure that the building is not sound with danger of collapse.  The Sisters have nowhere else to go and in 2015 started construction on a new convent, laying only the foundation, columns and beams for the first and second floors, which the Sisters managed to fund through their stipends and other small projects.  The remaining works include the installation of internal and external walls, the installation of plumbing and electricity and the finishing works for the first floor so that the Sisters can start residing in the convent.  Later, the Sisters will undertake another phase: the completion of the second floor.

  • Tanzania – $80,000
    The Vincentian Fathers and Brothers established De Paul School as a kindergarten and primary school outside Mbinga in 2006.  At the urging of local families, the school began to expand into secondary grades in the 2013-2104 school year.  Today the schools serve 483 students from marginalized and impoverished families of the Matengo ethnic group. Many Matengo youth who lack access to effective secondary schooling live too far away to commute practically and safely to De Paul School.  This prevents many more Matengo families from enrolling their children in the school.  In response, the Tanzania Regional Mission of the Vincentians plans to construct two hostels on the secondary school campus to accommodate those students, male and female, who come from more distant villages.  Each hostel will have two dormitories, toilets, a dressing room, an inner courtyard and an apartment to house the religious or lay staff who will supervise the students.  The hostel for the girls is complete but the Regional Mission lacks the funding to build the one for the boys.  The Congregation will cover nearly 40% of the cost.

  • Tanzania – $45,090
    The Sisters of Our Lady Queen of Africa were founded in 1903 by the White Fathers (Missionaries of Africa).  The Congregation numbers 350 Sisters who work in seven dioceses in Tanzania and two in Zambia.  The Sisters engage in works of healthcare, environmental conservation, community development and education. The majority of the people in the Kingombe area of the Diocese of Sumbawanga are suffering from a lack of close, reliable and affordable health services.  As a result, they sometimes turn to witchdoctors for services, negatively impacting their overall health, with the result of higher infant mortality rates at the time of childbirth.  The Sisters would like to build a health care center that will primarily assist in labor and delivery, with a minor operating room and dispensary for medicines.  The Sisters are asking assistance for the plumbing and electrical work, the installation of ceilings, baseboards, doors and windows and finishing touches.

  • Togo – $53,588
    The Diocese of Kara was created in 1994 and serves approximately 200,000 Catholics.  Its 35 parishes are divided into seven deaneries and served by 105 priests, both religious and diocesan.  The Bishop organizes yearly formation encounters for the priests and other pastoral workers in the Diocese: three 1-day encounters for young priests, two 2-day encounters for priests, one 6-day priestly retreat and two 4-day encounters.  At present the local financial resources are neither sufficient nor stable, limited to the Sunday collections and donations.  The functioning and mission of the Diocese depends heavily on the annual subsidy that comes from the Holy See, which does not cover all the needs of the Diocese.  Financial self-sufficiency is a major challenge for the Diocese.  The budget presented represents the cost of the encounters for a three year period.

  • Uganda – $100,000
    The Diocese of Moroto is situated in the northeastern part of Uganda.  It is a semi-arid region where the inhabitants ranch cattle and practice subsistence agriculture.  The present Cathedral, named Regina Mundi, was built in 1965 when the Diocese was erected.  The Cathedral parish, which has two priests assigned to it, assisted by fifteen sisters, serves nearly 19,500 Catholics.  The parish is rife with activity and on Sundays the present Cathedral, with a capacity of 300, is too small to accommodate all the faithful.  Additionally, the building has structural problems, beginning with poor foundations.  Construction on the new Cathedral dedicated to the Merciful God has already begun.  The Bishop is seeking funding for bricks, cement, 20 doors, 50 window frames and glass.

  • Uganda – $82,245
    The Bannakaroli Brothers Institute (Brothers of St Charles Lwanga) were founded in 1927 and engage in various works, both pastoral (teaching, healthcare, social work) and practical (carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing, mechanics), in order to build up the Kingdom of God.  The Institute numbers over 200 men. In the Diocese of Mbarara, the Brothers do not have adequate housing.  They are living in small rooms intended to serve as storerooms.  The community also lacks a chapel in which to pray the Liturgy of the Hours or to have Eucharistic adoration.  The construction of an adequate residence will allow the Brothers to live their religious life and will benefit not only the seven Brothers who live there but the people whom they serve.

  • Uganda – $73,000
    Erected in 1965, the Diocese of Hoima is comprised of 43 parishes.  It covers an area of 17,000 km2 with an estimated population of over 2 million people.  Many in this area are settlers, immigrants and refugees.  Many rely on subsistence farming for their livelihood and still depend on traditional (unmechanized) methods of farming. The Parish of St Mary’s was established in 1997 and is made up of sixteen out stations.  The Christian community is very active and supports the church and its programs. The parish is located in the heart of town near the city center and most parishioners are quite poor.  Space in the parish is limited.  The space presently being used as the church was originally constructed as a multipurpose hall.  After building the parish offices, the time had come for building the church.  The project in nearly complete and the Pastor is seeking financial support in roofing the church building.  Local donations and a grant from another agency will cover about 20% of the cost.

  • Uganda – $92,002
    Since the erection of the Diocese of Kasana Luweero in 1997, the Diocese has grown to include 18 parishes, 157 schools and 17 health centers.  However, the region lacks meaningful development.  Luweero itself is faced with a number of issues including: food shortages, lack of clean water, poor shelter, low literacy levels and high unemployment, resulting in theft, family instability, gambling, early marriages, prostitution, child abuse, domestic violence and drug abuse. In order to give the approximately 15,000 young people in the Diocese an alternative to gangs and other negative influences, the Diocese wants to establish a Youth Center where young people can participate in social activities as well as benefit from formation courses, programs and counselling.  The Diocese envisions a multi-purpose hall with a capacity for 870 along with an office and small meeting room.  Local contributions are expected to cover about eight percent of the cost.

  • Zambia – $100,000
    The newly erected parish of Saint Augustine in Mazabuka (Diocese of Monze), Zambia, is under the care of two Fidei Donum priests from the Archdiocese of Milan.  In the past two years the priests, under the direction of the Bishop of Monze, have ministered to the new parish as well as taking care of several villages in the rural areas where, in the future, the priests foresee the erection of another new parish.  The priests have succeeded in purchasing land for the church and in building a perimeter fence, which has since been torn down by vandals.  For the past two years the parish has worshipped in a classroom at the local Catholic school.  With over a thousand baptized and active members, the parish is in need of church in order to create a sense of stability among the community of believers.  The Archdiocese of Milan has contributed €150,000 towards this project. 

  • Zimbabwe – $85,000
    The Education Commission is an arm of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) that oversees Catholic education in 110 elementary schools, 102 secondary schools and 18 tertiary institutions.  As the Catholic Church is a key contributor in the education of the nation, it is important that it be a leader in promoting the welfare and protection of minors. The ZCBC developed the Child Safeguarding Policy which was implemented in all Catholic Institutions.  In 2017 and 2018, clergy, religious, selected teachers and all students in Catholic schools engaged in an awareness program.  Reading materials were developed and distributed to every school.  In the coming year the ZCBC seeks to undertake the expansion of the program to include a broader base of stakeholders.  Specifically, the program aims to raise awareness of how culture can be a barrier to the protection of minors and seeks to create a paradigm shift from unhealthy cultural practices such as the use of power and child marriages to social protection strategies that promote holistic human development in the context of Catholic teaching.

  • Zimbabwe – $62,000
    The Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Zimbabwe have been engaged in various ministries, including healthcare, since 1892.  The health system in Zimbabwe, both in rural areas and in towns, faces many challenges.  One of the areas of concern to which the Sisters wish to respond is the care of patients who are dying from cancer, certain types of dementia, renal disease and HIV/AIDS.  The Sisters propose to set up in an unused portion of their convent a palliative care facility in order to address these needs. The Sisters have put in place a team of five Sisters who will coordinate the preparation of the facility.  A small portion of the funds requested ($2000) will be directed toward attending the African Palliative Care Association Conference in Rwanda.  The remaining funds will be dedicated to equipping and furnishing the facility, including but not limited to, small renovations to the building, hospital beds, oxygen concentrators, oximeters, chairs, tables, desks, wheelchairs, stretcher, defibrillator, vital signs machines, crutches, canes, food trolley, refrigerators, autoclave and security equipment.  
     

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Central and South America

  • Brazil – $100,000
    The Diocese of Guarabira was erected in 1980 and has thirty parishes, two quasi-parishes, and four shrines.  It is served by fifty priests, three missionary priests from another Diocese, three religious priests and twenty-three permanent deacons.  Saint John Vianney Major Seminary has twenty-four seminarians and two transitional deacons, while Saint Joseph Minor Seminary has twelve seminarians.  Additionally there are sixty women religious from various Congregations and Institutes of Apostolic Life present in the Diocese. In view of the evangelizing action of the Diocese given the intense participation in meetings, courses, retreats for laity and for the clergy, the Diocese needs a space in the city where these events can take place.  Presently, these events occur in the public school buildings and the Diocese must work around other weekly events at the schools.  The Bishop would like the Diocese to have a space of its own for the meetings, courses, retreats and other formation events.

  • Brazil – $74,175
    The Monastery of Our Lady of Carmel, located in Bairro Itararé, Brazil, was founded in 1935 and is home to eleven nuns between the ages of 25 and 80.  The principal apostolate of the nuns is prayer, though they support themselves through various means: the production of communion hosts, embroidery, painting, sewing vestments and making rosaries and scapulars. The Monastery is in need of repairs as the Nuns recently experienced an infestation of termites, which damaged the roof.  The humidity is causing the plaster to fall off the walls.  The monastery, constructed in 1936, also needs to be rewired in addition to adapting to the current fire codes.  While the Archdiocese is supportive of the Nuns and the needed repairs to the monastery, it does not have the financial means to pay for them.

  • Chile – $95,000
    Home to approximately 230,000 inhabitants, the Diocese of San Marcos de Arica is served by 31 priests, 24 permanent deacons and 12 religious sisters.  Located in the rural part of the Diocese is the Emaús Retreat House, which consists in an assembly room, dormitories, bathrooms, dining hall, kitchen, yard and chapel.  Events at the retreat house occur principally on the weekends and for three quarters of the year it is teeming with activity: Formation Days, retreats for religious, and meetings of Catholic movements, such as Cursillo, Neocatechumenal Way and Marriage Encounter.  The retreat house is also used by high schools and various religious groups. While the income from the retreat house covers some of the basic needs of administration, utilities, and lawn care, it is insufficient for repairs or remodelling.  The retreat house itself is in various states of disrepair and simple maintenance is no longer enough.  The Bishop would like to demolish some of the interior walls of the structure, while constructing others, repaint walls, replace the roof, renovate completely the electrical wiring, the water, sewage and gas lines, as well as install new appliances in the kitchen and bathrooms, in addition to replacing doors and windows. 

  • Colombia – $54,186
    The Diocese of Cúcuta located in the northeastern part of Colombia and shares a border with Venezuela.  The Diocese has 103 parishes served by 140 priests and more than 20,000 pastoral workers who lend their service to the Church as animators of various parish organizations.  The Diocese operates a radio station, Vox Dei, whose signal also reaches a good portion of the Venezuelan states of Táchira and Zulia.  The radio station has been an important tool in the pastoral plan of evangelization.  Its various news and other programs, including the celebration of Mass, the praying of the Divine Office, the rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, provide information, catechesis and a voice of hope to those in both the urban centers and the rural communities. In 2007, the Diocese purchased a transmitter to launch Vox Dei Radio.  After twelve years of use, it no longer has the same signal strength needed to reach those in the various urban and rural areas as well as neighboring Dioceses, who listen to the broadcasts.  The Diocese would like to purchase a new transmitter and the necessary equipment in order to continue to spread the message of faith and hope.

  • Colombia – $100,000
    The Diocese of Ipiales, erected 55 years ago, is located in the southern part of Colombia on the border with Ecuador in a rural zone where most people work in the fields and a few raise livestock.  For the past 32 years, it has been making steady advances with pastoral programs of communion, participation and mission through the efforts of the clergy and a large number of the laity.  However, the people suffer from poverty and exclusion, for the government is seemingly oblivious to their plight and to the presence of armed gangs and illegal activities (mining and drugs).  Though the people of this area are very talented artistically and possess a great intellectual capacity, there is no place in which to promote professional formation or religious formation beyond that of popular piety. In April 2018, the newly appointed Bishop, as a result of his pastoral dialogues and efforts to get to know his Diocese, saw the urgent need to boost formation in the faith, in leadership skills and professional/technical skills, as well as higher education.  The greatest obstacle to this is the lack of a place to undertake these initiatives, as existing structures are obsolete, in a deteriorated condition, and not capable of offering the appropriate space and atmosphere.  The Bishop would like to build a Pastoral Center in order to meet this pressing need.  Construction has begun and concrete is poured for the first level.  However, the Diocese is only able to finance 47% of the total cost (nearly $600,000) and is seeking assistance in completing this project.

  • Costa Rica – $100,000
    The Catholic University of Costa Rica was founded in 1993 by the Bishops’ Conference.  Divided over seven campuses it serves 1350 students and 190 seminarians.  In a country where the nuclear family and social values are disintegrating and alcoholism, drug addiction and delinquency are on the rise, education becomes an important tool to counteract these evils especially among the indigenous people and those living in poor, rural areas.  The Cuidad Neily Campus, located in the rural southern part of the country near the Panama border, enrolls more than 165 students, most of them young mothers.  The student body also includes immigrants who have fled their home countries because of violence and lack of educational or employment opportunities.  The majority of the classes are offered in the evenings and on the weekends in order to make studies possible for those who work.  Because of the growth in the number of students on this campus and the lack of adequate maintenance to the buildings, the University seeks to renovate a building so that it will have all that is necessary to provide a quality education: 17 classrooms, administrative offices, a computer room, a library, meeting rooms, and a playroom for the small children of the students.  The Rector is seeking a second grant in order to continue with the renovations.

  • Ecuador – $100,000
    The Monastery of Saint Clare is located in the Historical Center of Quito.  At the beginning of the 19th century, the plaza in front of the monastery provided access to the monastery and the adjacent parish church of Saint Roch before later being converted into an outdoor market, a parking lot and a restaurant.  In recent years the plaza has been restored to its original state, with the Monastery now in need of intervention. Frequent earthquakes and heavy rains have taken their toll on the monastery.  The cloister walkways are wooden and, though covered, are still exposed to the rain from the central courtyard and suffer the effects of the water damage.  The roof is in urgent need of repair, especially the portion over the laundry, where tiles are missing or broken.  The nuns propose to put up a glass wall that will let in the light and ventilation as appropriate, while at the same time protecting the wooden floors of the four covered cloister walkways.  They also wish to repair one damaged wooden walkway, repair the roof over the laundry and construct several bathrooms.

  • El Salvador – $22,462
    The Hijas de Nuestra Señora del Monte Calvario have been present in El Salvador for 27 years.  The Sisters undertake various works in the Diocese including attending to a poor parochial elementary school, along with catechesis and works of evangelization in the same parish; running a nursing home and also maintaining the provincial house where the provincial government resides and is the house of formation for the postulants and novices.  At the provincial house, the Sisters also undertake the work of making hosts for the Archdiocese of San Salvador and the Dioceses of Zacatecoluca and San Miguel. The Sisters do not have the necessary equipment to keep up with the demand, despite the long hours put into the work each day.  The purchase of better equipment would allow the Sisters to increase the production of the hosts, preserve the rhythm of work, which to this point has been unsustainable, and at the same time allow them to involve some of the women of the neighborhood, who themselves are poor and in need of work.  The amount requested represents 29% of the cost with the remainder coming from two other organizations and the Congregation itself.

  • Guatemala – $80,000
    The Congregation of the Mission, commonly known as the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers, was established by Saint Vincent de Paul for the evangelization of the poor. On the outskirts of Guatemala City, the Vincentians operate Saint Vincent de Paul Parish which serves 8 chapels/churches, including 6 colonies and settlements where people of scarce resources live.  These colonies have approximately18,000 inhabitants.  There are a considerable number of people in some colonies who have migrated in search of a better quality of life.  The newest communities of squatters are not recognized by the government and are denied any services such as utilities, police and schools.  The parish plans to extend its ministry to attend to their needs. The present church building has a maximum capacity of 300.  Special celebrations often have 1000 in attendance, far exceeding the capacity of the church.  Additionally, the wooden structure of the roof, built in 1979 and projected to last 20 years, has greatly deteriorated.  The Fathers would like to remodel and enlarge the rectory, which also includes parish offices, and would like to increase the capacity of the church to 1000 (including standing room).

  • Guatemala – $100,000
    Immaculate Conception Parish is located in Génova, Guatemala.  In 2006 it was composed of 17 communities distributed among the different hamlets of Génova.  In recent years the number of communities has risen to 40.  The Parish has been working to assure each community of adequate space and sacred materials for worship. The construction of a Parish Center would respond to the diverse pastoral, spiritual and humanitarian needs of the parish community and of the town in general.  The Parish needs a larger Blessed Sacrament Chapel with a larger sacristy in order to offer an adequate space for prayer and the liturgical vessels.  There is also need for various offices to attend to the pastoral ministry of young people and women as well as to attend to the psychological and health needs of the people.  At the same time, there is an urgent need for a large multi-purpose room for the training of catechists and to host other parish activities.  The Parish Center will be three stories high with each story corresponding to one of the above mentioned needs: Chapel, offices, multi-purpose room.  The Parish has raised a little more than $20,100.  The amount requested of the Foundation represents 45% of the total cost.

  • Honduras – $60,000
    The Parish of San Pedro y San Pablo (St Peter and St Paul) is located in the northeastern part of Honduras near the Caribbean.  Under the care of the Vincentian Fathers, the Parish covers more than 20 villages in a densely forested (jungle) area.  In fact, there is no electricity, no running water, nor the minimal conditions necessary for health and hygiene.  In spite of this, the Parish is vibrant, with large numbers attending Mass or participating in Divine Mercy formation. The church building itself is 80 years old and built of wood.  It was artistically constructed and decorated, making it a very pleasing place to worship.  However, the temperature, humidity and heavy rains have taken their toll on the building, rendering it unfit for use.  For many reasons, including structural complications and the necessity for more space, it has been decided not to renovate the present church, but to build a new one altogether.  Local contributions and the contribution from the Vincentian Fathers represent 40% of the cost. 

  • Honduras – $16,360
    The Diocese of La Ceiba was created on December 30, 2011.  Though it is relatively new, the Diocese has a flourishing Christian population.  Thirty priests and 27 religious sisters serve the more than 430,000 faithful in 13 parishes.  In addition it has nine seminarians preparing for ordination.  As it is relatively new, the Diocese has taken initiatives to prioritize its needs and is slowly working to provide for them.  One particular need is to build a home for the Holy Family Sisters, whose charism is to work in seminaries and to assist the Bishop in the Diocesan Offices.  The Bishop has invited three Sisters to the Diocese and would like to provide them with a suitable convent in which to live their religious life.  The convent, to be built on the same property as the Bishop’s house, will contain five bedrooms, one living room, a kitchen, dining room, chapel and laundry. 

  • Honduras – $53,836
    The Asociación Colaboración y Esfuerzo (ACOES) was founded in 1996 in Honduras by the Spanish priest Father Patricio Larrosa for promoting the Gospel through education to children and youth, especially the poorest.  Today ACOES undertakes many educational initiatives including 18 centers for elementary school children, 14 youth residences where young people from rural areas and indigenous youth may live while undertaking university studies, as well as three vocational centers, four daycare centers and a distance learning program. The residences where young people may live while they complete their high school diploma or undertake university studies are organized so that the students share in the responsibilities of the home: cooking, cleaning, maintenance and administration.  These residences offer for free all that is necessary to live: food, clothing, lodging, school materials, transportation, etc.  The residences are in need of rewiring electrical systems, removing false ceilings and some walls to assist in air flow and remodelling kitchens.

  • Mexico – $100,000
    The Sisters of Mary established Boystown in Guadalajara in 1998. At present, the school serves 1600 boys coming from various Mexican states who are orphans, abandoned by one or both parents, or come from very poor families. A majority of the boys come from large families with no fixed income, earning less than $6 per day, not enough to provide the family with three meals a day. The boys receive food, clothing, shelter, middle school education and technical training free of charge. In addition, the boys are catechized. Many who have graduated from this school are considered models in the companies where they are employed. In the twenty years since the foundation of the school, many items need replacing due to wear and tear from daily use. The Superior of the Sisters would like to purchase 2100 seats to replace those which have been in the school since its inception.

  • Nicaragua – $81,757
    The Poor Clare Monastery in Ciudad Darío is home to 26 nuns. They dedicate their lives to prayer and to manual labor, specifically the production of communion hosts, embroidery of sacred vestments and linens and making rosaries and lace veils. The Monastery sustains itself by the work of the nuns, the charity of the faithful and trust in God’s Providence. For several years the Monastery has been in need of a new roof, as the present one leaks in many places, principally in the choir (where the nuns pray the Divine Office) and the chapel. The necessity has become more urgent as the leaks have grown in size.

  • Nicaragua – $99,492
    Sangre de Cristo Parish is one of the poorest parishes in the Diocese of Jinotega, Nicaragua.  The Parish is situated on the periphery of the city where it serves the Dry Corridor  communities.  When the weather is good in the winter, families can plant corn and beans for their own subsistence, but poor weather means that they cannot sow, thus worsening their overall economic situationThe primary work within this Diocese is organizing and encouraging pastoral leaders to build communities that live the faith and that transform family and society through formation.  In order to bring this to fruition, it is necessary that the parish have a worthy location in which to offer formation and catechesis.  Because the people of this community do not have the economic means to support a construction project, the entire cost of the project is dependent on outside donations.  However, the community would be able to contribute manual labour and, knowing how difficult it is to find the means to build, would keep the building well maintained.

  • Panama – $100,000
    The Discalced Carmelity Monastery of San José y Santa Isabel de la Trinidad in Portobelo, Panama was founded in 2017 with six nuns from a Carmelite monastery in Ecuador.  The Community has been blessed with the addition of several new members: one Sister in temporary vows, one novice and three young women in discernment.  To support themselves, the nuns make baked goods, communion hosts and scapulars.  They also maintain a vegetable garden to provide for their meals. The nuns, who presently live in an existing small five bedroom house on the property they purchased, have undertaken the task of building a monastery as the size of the house is not sufficient, either for adequately housing the number of sisters, or for the workshops necessary to support baking and the production of hosts.  The project, costing $2.48 million and divided into five phases, includes additions to the existing chapel, the novitiate, administrative offices, guest rooms, refectory and kitchen, cells (bedrooms) and workshops (presently under construction).  The nuns are seeking assistance in financing the second phase which includes the novitiate, administrative offices and the cells.

  • Peru – $100,000
    The Parish of Santa María del Valle is located to the east of the city of Chiclayo, Peru.  It is made up of nine shanty towns, numbering about 45,000 residents.  These towns are made up of poorly constructed shacks which generally lack running water and basic necessities, though electricity is available on a pirated, do-it-yourself basis.  The parish has two churches, one in a shanty town twenty minutes distant by car, the other located next to the parish office.  There is land for a third, yet to be constructed church.  The parishioners survive by selling water, working in shops, making bricks, driving taxis, etc.  The people suffer from delinquency, gangs, lack of work, boys leaving home, teenage pregnancies, and dropping out of school, among other challenges.  The need in the Parish is for a presbytery where the priest or priests of the parish can live and can be available to minister to the sick and to the spiritual well-being of the parishioners.

  • Peru – $60,379
    The Discalced Carmelite Monastery, home to 18 nuns, is located in Yurimaguas, a city in the heart of the Amazon jungle with both difficult living conditions and little ease of accessibility.  The heavy rains have damaged the perimeter wall of the Monastery and the Monastery itself is also in need of some repair.  In this first part of the repair work, the nuns would like to repair the fence and address the issue of excessive rainwater, leaving the internal repairs of the Monastery for a later phase.  These works include: levelling terrain, concrete work, brickwork, plastering, channelling rainwater, installing streetlights and installing ground drains connected to the city public works for the rainwater.
      

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  • Bangladesh – $100,000
    The Catechist Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Angels, popularly known as the Shanti Rani Sisters, are an indigenous Diocesan Congregation in the Diocese of Dinajpur, founded in 1952 by the Bishop.  The Sisters work mainly in parishes and in the field of evangelization among the poor tribal people and marginalized people in the Diocese.  At present, there are 170 professed Sisters and more than 25 novices, postulants and aspirants.  This Congregation is the second largest in Bangladesh and is expected to exceed 200 members within the next ten years. In view of accommodating this number, the Congregation plans to build a three story building with a large dining hall on the ground floor, a meeting room with a library and archives on the first floor and a dormitory on the second floor.  The present Motherhouse building is 67 years old and, in spite of various maintenance done to the building, is no longer safe and in danger of collapse.  The house will be demolished and in its place, a new construction will be erected.  The Sisters urgently need the first two floors of the new building; being an indigenous (mainly tribal) Congregation, they have no foreign link and have few financial resources.

  • Bangladesh – $100,000
    The Holy Cross Brothers have been engaged in the field of education since their arrival in Bangladesh in 1853.  They administer the largest number of educational institutions in the country (24) which serve 26,300 young men and women in seven dioceses.  They also administer two vocational high schools and two drug rehabilitation centers.  In 2016, the Holy Cross Brothers were invited to the Diocese of Khulna to teach at St Paul’s High School in Mongla.  In January 2019, the Bishop invited them to assume responsibility for the administration of St Louis High School in Jashore, a school that for over 59 years has served the neediest in the Diocese, especially those on the peripheries. Since January, the Brothers have been living in the rectory of the local diocesan priest with the understanding that they would have their own residence in the near future.  The rectory is not large enough to accommodate all the Brothers and they need a place where they can live their religious life.  The Bishop has offered the Congregation a piece of land on the campus of St Louis High School in order to build a new house, but neither the Congregation nor the Diocese has sufficient funds to construct the residence.

  • Bangladesh – $100,000
    The Diocese of Barishal was erected on December 13, 2015.  One of the urgent needs of the new Diocese is a Pastoral Center where the Diocese can hold retreats, seminars, workshops and meetings.  Prior to this time the Diocese had used a Retreat Center operated by the Congregation of the Holy Cross for this purpose.  However, the Holy Cross Congregation has increased their programs and can no longer provide the facilities for the Diocese as in previous days. Considering that there are thirteen commissions within the Diocese that meet regularly throughout the year, the Diocese sought a temporary solution in the parish at Gournadi where there is an elementary school and other parish facilities.  Yet, even this solution provided little relief as this constitutes a strain on the facilities for the parish.  However, there is ample land on this property and the Bishop hopes to construct in two phases the new Pastoral Center for the Diocese.  The first phase is a two story block of dormitories and the second phase includes the meeting room, prayer room, kitchen, dining hall and offices.  The Pastoral Center will be able to accommodate 200 people in the dining hall and meeting room.  The sum asked of the Papal Foundation represents 80% of the cost, with the remainder coming from local benefactors.

  • India – $55,204
    Mediatrix of All Graces Parish was established in 1949 in Nawatarn and the church was built in 1980.  A high school and middle school for boys and girls are located on the parish property.  The parish itself has seven mission stations in the nearby hilly villages, though there are no church buildings in these stations.  There, Mass is celebrated outdoors or in the home of a parishioner.  However, those faithful who are able come to the parish church for Mass, with more than 2000 attending Mass on Sundays and 550 participating at daily Mass. The church building has seen better days and suffers from the damages caused by heavy rains: leaking roof, falling plaster, danger of collapse of walls, rusted window frames.  The pastor would like to repair the roof, the plaster walls and steel windows; install new gutters and drainage for rainwater; repaint walls; and replace the floor tiles.

  • India – $100,000
    Tracing its origins to missionary activity beginning in 1905, the Diocese of Jhabua was formally erected in 2002 and the church of the Annunciation of Mary was declared the Cathedral.  The Cathedral parish serves 9500 Catholics whose main livelihood are cattle and farming. The existing church is 95 years old and accommodates 400 people.  Presently, there are three Masses on Sunday and one on Saturday evening.  Liturgies for the children take place in the school hall.  Because the church building cannot adequately accommodate all the faithful, many are forced to stand outside, hindering the atmosphere of prayer and recollection, especially during the rainy season.  The church building itself is also showing the signs of its age with its leaking roof.  Considering that the present church is built of clay and cement asbestos sheets, which are worn out, the pastor would like to rebuild the Cathedral church so that it is of better quality material and has a larger seating capacity.  The local contribution represents 30% of the cost and other organizations have been asked for assistance.  The amount requested of the Papal Foundation represents 30% of the cost.

  • India – $72,470
    The Sisters of the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception have been serving the poor, vulnerable, marginalized and oppressed for 30 years in the Diocese of Muzaffarpur.  The Congregation numbers 48 Sisters who undertake educational, social, medical, pastoral and evangelical initiatives among the Dalit, one of the ethnic groups in India that has been depressed and marginalized.  Among these people, child marriage and child labor are common.  No government schools are available for education.  Roads and basic infrastructure are lacking. The Sisters opened a centre for social and educational services called Nirmala Academy Village.  There, the Sisters impart a quality education to the children of the region.  What the Sisters lack is an adequate multipurpose hall where they can undertake additional programs.  Presently all other organized programs must take place in the open air which means that these programs are cancelled in the rainy seasons and in times of extreme cold or heat.  This hall will benefit the children who attend the school as it will provide a place for all school functions, while at the same time enabling the school to offer extracurricular activities for students or conduct programs for the parents and teachers.

  • Laos – $45,841
    In Laos, disabled youth generally do not have access to any formation, whether for school or professional training, and they become a financial burden to their families.  Foyer Nazareth, operated by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Jeanne-Antide de Thouret, is a special education school for those who are deaf or mute, often as a result of exposure to chemical agents (Agent Orange).  Sixty-one children attend the school which offers class from kindergarten through ninth grade.  Some graduates of the school remain as teachers, others are employed by the Sisters, working in the Foyer or assisting with maintenance.  Due to the large number of youth served, the Sisters are not able to provide employment for all of them.  For this reason, the Sisters see professional training as necessary and have sought to create opportunities to support training for various professions: carpentry, auto-mechanics, weaving, cooking and hair-styling.  The Sisters would like to tear down an old garage in order to replace it with a weaving workshop were young women can learn traditional Laotian weaving skills so that they may produce and sell material in order to support themselves.  The Congregation has contributed 20% of the funding for this project.

  • Myanmar – $100,000
    In 2016 Myanmar celebrated 500 years of Christian presence in the country.  In 1957 the National Catholic Major Seminary was opened in Yangon.  The increased number of candidates for the priesthood necessitated the opening of the Institute of Philosophy in 1983 in Pyin Oo Lwin and the Institute of Spirituality in 1995 in Taunggyi.  The Catholic Bishops’ Conference, in response to the continued blessing of vocations, proposed the opening of a Theologate in every Ecclesiastical Province in due time.  In January 2014 the Conference agreed to open a Seminary in Loikaw to serve the seminarians from the Diocese and four other suffragan Dioceses of the Province of Taunggyi.  In 2016, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples granted approval for the establishment of the Saint John Vianney Institute of Theology.  The Seminary opened in May 2017 with 15 seminarians and added 12 more seminarians the following year.  The seminarians are being housed temporarily at the Minor Seminary while awaiting the completion of the new Theologate.  The Bishop has secured some local contributions and is seeking funding from other organizations. 

  • Pakistan – $16,228
    Founded in 1803 in Belgium, the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary arrived in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1897.  They took up residence at St Joseph’s, an orphanage for girls started by a local female doctor.  A second story was eventually added to the building to accommodate the increased number of girls and Sisters.  As the years passed, the orphanage was transformed into a boarding school which today welcomes 98 girls, ages five to sixteen, from impoverished Christian families. St Joseph’s Hostel is one of three hostels for girls run by the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary.  The hostels are important in guaranteeing instruction for girls coming from outlying and rural zones of the region, where poverty and illiteracy are still rampant wounds and the dominant culture is intensely discriminatory towards the Christian minority and more so towards women in general.  The girls who receive lodging at the hostel find themselves in a different environment, one that is healthy, dignified and worthy for integral human intellectual and spiritual growth.  For this reason the hostel is seen as a hope of social development, not only for the families involved but also for the whole Christian community.  St. Joseph’s Hostel has not received substantial repairs since 1997 and is now in urgent need of renovations, in order to avoid more costly interventions in the future.  The floors, roof and ceiling need repair; parts of the walls damaged by humidity need re-plastering and repainting; the bathrooms need retiling and various windows and doors need replacing.  The local contribution will cover 30% of the cost.

  • Pakistan – $100,000
    Situated in the Northeastern part of Pakistan and covering more than 178,000 km2, the Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi serves 210,000 Catholics.  The Bishop’s House is an important part of the Diocese, serving not only as the residence for the Bishop, the Vicar General and Priests assigned to the Cathedral, but also containing the archives, curial offices and meeting rooms The present building is 120 years old, used first as a parish house.  Later, when the Diocese was created in 1947, some rooms were added as living quarters and office for the Bishop.  Each successive Bishop, in turn, has made repairs or renovations to the house, each one done without sufficient architectural planning.  The result is a building that has become increasingly unsafe and unhealthy for its residents due to risk of collapse as well as mold, allergies and termites.  The building has become a burden to the Diocese because of the excessive repair and maintenance costs.  Substantial repairs are needed but, to date, have not been carried out for fear of further structural damage, as even minor repairs in one room often cause further damage in another.  The Bishop desires to completely renovate the building, including replacing walls along with updating the electricity and sewage systems.  The amount requested represents 40% of the total cost, with the rest coming from local contributions or other organizations.

  • Sri Lanka – $90,713
    The Diocese of Mannar is located in the northwest of Sri Lanka and numbers nearly 90,000 Catholics, approximately 35% of the population.  Fishing and agriculture are the main sources of income.  The country endured a 30 year civil war which devastated the people: lives were lost, large numbers were maimed or orphaned, community structures were broken down, and social and psychological problems were created.  The government only recently completed the resettlement of internally displaced persons. In the thirty-seven years of the Diocese’s existence, the priests, religious and laity have worked to impart religious education and to supply relief to those people in the most inaccessible and inhospitable places.  The Bishop would like to respond to the lingering effects of the civil war by providing pastoral renewal through five programs: Small Christian Communities, Laity Apostolate, Family Apostolate, Biblical Apostolate and Youth Apostolate.  The Bishop would use the funds to provide training, professional development and printed materials, to purchase musical instruments, to perform dramas, to assist with transportation costs, and to organize special events. Ten percent of the funds will come from local donations. 

  • Taiwan – $25,000
    More than 2,000 migrant fishermen live and work on the island of Magong in western Taiwan.  They come from Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.  They rarely report abuse because of the island’s distance from Taiwan and because they do not understand their rights.  The fisherman’s only contact is with the owners of their fishing vessels and their labor brokers.  As a result, they are beaten, assaulted and mistreated with impunity.  When a fisherman is no longer able to work due to injury, sickness or exhaustion, he is abandoned on the island with no way to provide for himself or to return home. This project, in collaboration with the Scalabrini Fathers and the Taiwanese Bureau of Immigration, will provide critical training programs about migrants’ rights and medical services (basic physicals, eye exam, dental check-up) to those who need them.  Most of the funding (80%) will go toward a new staff member at the Apostleship of the Sea: Stella Maris Center in Kaosiung, who will travel monthly to Magong to provide training and will help bring those fishermen who need assistance to Taiwan.  The remaining portion will be spent on a medical service event.

  • Thailand – $100,000
    The goal of “Livelihoods Improvement for Tomorrow” (LIFT) is to develop sustainable community-based capacities of four severely under-resourced Myanmar villages that have been designated as return sites for refugees and internally displaced persons, in order to prepare them to receive the repatriated refugees and promote their peaceful integration into these communities.  This project is designed as a two year developmental intervention primarily for ensuring food security through the introduction and promotion of  proven organic agriculture integrated practices. The matter of food security is seen as a basic factor for sustaining the lives of the returnees and the communities to which they return.  Without this food security the repatriation process cannot be sustained as a durable solution and could create additional conflicts and long-term dependence on humanitarian aid. This is the second phase of a project funded by the Papal Foundation from July 2017 to June 2018 in two villages.  This phase involves a continuation of the activities in those two villages and an expansion to two more villages.

  • Thailand – $38,718
    The Divine Word Missionaries established the Mother of Perpetual Help Center in 2000 in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  The Center has a 10-bed medical facility for those critically ill from AIDS, and it has been operating at maximum capacity.  The Center includes Mother Mary Home for young people living with HIV.  Here, teenagers have access to essential services like education and medical care.  The Center only accepts young people as a last resort where their parents are deceased and relatives are unable to care for them.  It also houses elderly patients who have no home to which to return.  One of the essential ministries of the Center is the HIV/AIDS Education for prevention and awareness.  Part of this program has been to train teachers and other government personnel to participate in the education process.  It reaches out to 20 rural schools each year where the standard of education or public health is lower than that of larger cities. The primary purpose of the grant from the Papal Foundation is to support the expenses at the Center in giving rehabilitation and palliative care to those suffering from AIDS and for the care of young people living with HIV.  The amount requested represents approximately 85% of the operational costs for a three year period.

  • Timor Leste – $100,000
    Sts Peter and Paul Major Interdiocesan Seminary, which serves the Dioceses of Dili, Bacau and Maliana, was erected in July 2000 in a place that was built and intended to be a home for Dili’s elderly diocesan priests.  Since then 510 seminarians have passed through the Seminary.  Its present enrollment is 205.  The large influx of seminarians creates a significant hardship, especially in terms of the facilities.The Bishops’ Conference has agreed to pay $1,368,750 for the building of new dormitories with 124 rooms to accommodate 120 seminarians and 4 formators.  The Seminary has turned to the Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia for $583,500 in order to construct a multipurpose hall.  The Seminary is turning to the Papal Foundation for assistance in building a new kitchen with storage rooms and bedrooms for the kitchen staff. 

  • Timor Leste – $100,000
    Since 2011 the Sisters of the Foundation of the Reparative Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima have been serving in the small village of Memo in East Timor (Timor Leste).  Surrounded by the mountains and in the interior of the island, the town boasts of a population of 6000, of which 3900 are children and teenagers.  Memo is located near the border of Indonesia, from which East Timor gained independence in 2002, but not without many atrocities and traumas for the people and the nation. In striving to help rebuilt the infrastructure and attend to the spiritual and psychological healing and wellbeing of the people, the Sisters have a working clinic and operate a Social Center in a different sector, which provides daily activities and educational enrichment to children ages 3 to 15.  In order to respond to the growing needs of the population, the Sisters would like to construct a larger Social Center.  The Center will include a clinic, a residence for volunteers, an activities center and library.  All of this will be surrounded by a perimeter fence.

The Pacific

  • Brunei – $100,000
    St Angela’s School is a self-funded educational institution with an enrollment of 450 students, both boys and girls.  The school, which has been in existence for sixty years, is an important witness of the local Catholic Church’s contribution to education of both Catholics and non-Catholics, providing formation in both faith and values, as well as providing a much needed alternative to the government school system. The kindergarten will serve forty children and serve as a feeder for the school, attracting students who will continue to attend the St Angela Primary and Secondary School.  The School needs to construct a single story building to house the kindergarten, replacing the existing unit which is frequently affected by floods.  The total cost of the project includes construction, classroom furniture, infrastructure, hardware for computers and other accessories.  The Vicariate is able to provide a third of the cost and asks the remainder from the Papal Foundation.

  • Malaysia – $100,000
    The Diocesan Centre of Kota Kinabalu, which houses the office of the Bishop, the administrative offices of the Diocese and pastoral offices, was constructed more than 30 years ago.  Over the years it has dilapidated due to weather and poor structural enforcement and has recently been declared unsafe by government authorities. The Archdiocese is presently in the midst of a capital campaign to raise the funds necessary in order to build a new Diocesan Centre.  Through the generosity of the people and a subsidy from the local government, they have been able to raise close to 91% of the total amount.  The Archbishop is requesting a subsidy for half of the balance, seeking the other half from other organizations.

  • Mariana Islands – $100,000
    The Diocese of Chalan Kanoa is comprised of the islands of the Northern Mariana Islands (CMNI), a US commonwealth in the western Pacific region.  It was canonically established on November 8, 1984 and covers 184 square miles.  The Diocese has thirteen parishes on the commonwealth’s three major islands: Saipan, Rota and Tinian.  Sixty percent of the population is Roman Catholic. On October 24, 2018 the CNMI experienced the worst typhoon in its known history.  At category 5, Typhoon Yutu packed sustained winds of 180 mph and its gigantic eye enveloped much of the island of Saipan and all of Tinian.  Devastation was widespread including severe damages to critical infrastructure.  San Jose Parish, the only parish on the island of Tinian, was completely destroyed.  The Chancery and six other parishes on the island of Saipan sustained heavy damage.  The total estimate for rebuilding and repairs is nearly $2.3 million.  The Bishop would be grateful for any financial assistance the Papal Foundation can give.

  • Philippines – $98,000
    The Sisters of the Holy Face of Jesus are a Congregation of Religious Sisters founded in the Archdiocese of Manila on October 1, 1986.  The Congregation has three mission houses and its apostolate includes formation of the laity, education and pastoral ministry. On June 30, 2015, the Motherhouse was destroyed by fire and is uninhabitable.  The Sisters desire to rebuild the Motherhouse with the aim of preserving the Foundress’ spiritual and missionary legacy to the Congregation.  In this first phase, the Sisters hope to rebuild the structure of the two-story building, complete with roof.  Those items that are salvageable have already been removed from the property.  After the demolition, the new house will be elevated one meter from the ground to prevent flooding from heavy rains.  The front of the house will be removed three meters from the road.  Concrete will be poured and the structure put into place, reusing after restoration the stairs and grills.  In a later phase, the Sisters hope to partition and finish the rooms.

  • Philippines – $100,000
    The Sisters of Mary are a Congregation of Pontifical Right, whose main apostolate is to serve the poorest of the poor in the name of Christ.  The Sisters accomplish this through the Boystown and Girlstown Schools which provide free food, clothing, shelter, medical and dental care as well as a high school education and technical training to qualified students coming from different poor families. The Sisters of Mary Girlstown in Talisay City, Cebu (Philippines), shelters 3,100 high school aged girls and is served by 27 Sisters.  Besides academics, these students learn dressmaking, technical drafting, bookkeeping, computer hardware servicing, electronics and mechatronics.  The students live on campus and the Sister prepare the food and attend to their laundry.  The present machines have reached the end of their usefulness and the Sisters are seeking to purchase six industrial washers and one tilting skillet braising pan.

  • Philippines – $45,000
    The Daughters of Jesus were founded in Spain in 1871 for the purpose of educating children and youth, especially women and the poor.  The Congregation serves in 19 countries throughout the world.  The Sisters work in the depressed areas of El Salvador City, Philippines, visiting three barangays (neighborhoods or villages) in order to pray and minister to the people.  Many people in these areas presently live in small corrugated metal or wooden huts with thatched or metal roofs.  The Sisters would like to provide a simple house/dwelling for 10 families from each barangay.

 

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Caribbean

  • Haiti – $100,000
    The Parish of Our Lady of Sorrows is located in Lombard, a town of 21,000 inhabitants in the north of Haiti.  The parish has an active membership of 3,200 people, including the three chapels in other towns.  A number of catechists serve in the parish and at the chapels.  The parish includes 14 active organizations, groups or movements, including the choir. The work of building a parish church where the faithful can worship is beyond the financial ability of the parishioners who are farmers, local merchants, taxi drivers and the like.  Each Sunday the Mass is celebrated outside.  The lack of a worship space has drawn a number of faithful away from the Catholic Church and to one of the neighboring Protestant churches, some of which also have a school.  The Pastor hopes to build a fitting place in which to offer Mass and to reasonably accommodate a majority of the faithful.  The Church building itself would also assist in transmitting to the children of the parish both the doctrine of the faith and a reverence for the liturgy.  The Pastor has applied to other organizations for funding with a donation pending from another organization.  The amount requested from the Foundation represents a third of the final cost.

  • Haiti – $100,000
    “Education elevates man to the dignity of his being,” writes the Pastor of Saint Raphael Parish.  For this reason, the Pastor desires to assist the children of his parish in the pursuit of a good education.  For five years the parish has been conducting classes for students between the ages of 3 and 13 in the parish church because there is no other building in which to conduct the lessons.  This provides an alternative to the public school, where the late arrival to the school due to distance results in the children falling behind in their studies.  In order to provide an adequate environment for the lessons, the Pastor would like to erect a building with four classrooms and an office for the administrator.  The Pastor also foresees that in the future other local children who do not belong to the parish may wish to participate in the school.  The building would also provide the parish a place to hold other activities and events.

  • Haiti – $90,000
    The Diocese of Jérémie (Haiti) is seeking to build a home for the priests of the Diocese who are retired, elderly or infirm.  Three retired priests already live with family members as the Diocese is not able to provide a home for them.  Four other priests are approaching the age of retirement.  The home will be built to accommodate ten priests.  The Diocese has secured the land and is seeking assistance from various organizations to erect the building.

Western Europe

  • Italy – $100,000
    The John Paul II Center at the Shrine of the Holy House of Loreto, Italy, which opened in 2000, was created at the request of Saint John Paul II who desired to a place to welcome young people and to aid their spiritual growth.  Over the years the Center has been served by various priests and religious communities.  Since 2017 the Center has been under the care of the Pontifical Delegation.  The Center welcomes youth from all over the world, especially those from the Middle East and North Africa. The present restructuring and renovations are necessary to comply with the building code requirements as the Center changed its status from youth hostel to retreat center in order provide an appropriate atmosphere for those who want to make retreats.  The Center will continue to minister to the young people and families, but in an atmosphere more conducive to prayer.  The cost of the renovations is €1.8 million. The renovations include the restructuring of the rooms and the creation of four basement apartments.  The project has received €1.1 million and the Pontifical Delegate asks for a second grant to assist with the remaining work: final upgrades, window fixtures, completing the water hook up, installation of electrical equipment and renovation of external walls.

  • Vatican – $100,000
    The Centre for Child Protection is an initiative sponsored by the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.  In the past year, the Centre launched its first Licentiate (Masters) program in Safeguarding, graduated its fourth class for students enrolled in the Diploma course, and conducted various classes and workshops, was involved in the organization of, and participated in, the Meeting of the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conference on Child Protection in February 2019.

      

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