JOURNEY WITH ACN is our Friday newsletter which will be regularly posted to our blog. This weekly newsletter will an opportunity for us to acquaint you with the needs of the Church and the projects we have realized together in countries around the world.
Training of 14 novices
Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada
In Burkina Faso – as in most countries of sub-Saharan Africa – the Church is still comparatively young. The first Catholic missionaries came here in the year 1900. This country of Western Africa whose name, translated, means “Land of honourable people” has a population of roughly 16 million, of whom something over 20% are Christians (12% of them Catholics). Roughly half the population are Muslims, while nearly one third still belongs to traditional African religions.
As in many other African countries, there are plenty of new vocations. The women’s congregations in particular enjoy a regular influx of new applicants. Currently there are over 1,400 Catholic religious women serving God and their fellow men in this country, in a variety of different situations. Since Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world, they need a great deal of our help,
One of the congregations that attracts many new vocations is the local community of the Annunciation Sisters (Soeurs de l’Annonciation) found in the second largest city of the country in the southwest, Bobo-Dioulasso. Currently there are 14 novices and 15 postulants preparing to take their vows with the congregation and to work serving the Church and their fellow men, above all through catechesis and youth work. The formation house where these young women will spend three years in training is situated nearly 9 kilometers from the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, which is also the centre of the diocese of the same name.
ACN would like to help this young congregation with the training of its 14 novices as it has in previous years – this time with a contribution of $9,000.