JOURNEY WITH ACN is our Friday newsletter which will be regularly posted to our blog. Our weekly newsletter was designed to provide us with an opportunity to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world – and with some of the projects we have been able to realize together with ACN benefactors.
This week: Rwanda
Help for the construction of a guesthouse for the Carmelite nuns in Nyamirambo
The Carmelite sisters in Nyamirambo’s convent on the outskirts of the Rwandan capital of Kigali, is a place of silence and of prayer.
Time and again people are drawn to this atmosphere, wanting to spend a few days withdrawn from the world to find their way back to God. More and more priests, religious and laity are requesting the opportunity to have retreats here. However, the Carmelite sisters are not in a position to accommodate visitors, for they simply do not have the capacity and – owing to the happy circumstance that they have many vocations – they need all the available space for their own community.
In order to resolve the problem, the sisters began building a separate guesthouse in 2001, which included 24 rooms. The convent is situated in a beautiful location: a hillside with a view of Mount Kigali and Mount Rebero. It is a perfect place for their visitors to find rest and renewal, both in body and in spirit. The centre will also provide some employment for local people, such as cooks and cleaners for example, giving them an opportunity to supplement their family income. And for the Carmelite sisters themselves the guesthouse will at the same time be a precious and much-needed source of income.
The first phase of the construction has already been completed, thanks to the help of ACN. But now the sisters need more help to complete the work. They write, “The Child Jesus is urging us to turn to you in trust and seek your help.”
We have no doubt that our benefactors will not disappoint these good nuns, and so we have already promised $133,650 to help them complete their work on this oasis of peace and prayer.