During Lent and Easter, Aid to the Church in Need will honour and remember modern martyrs, those who heroically offered their lives for God and their communities. All the testimonies in the ACN Lent Calendar and the video testimonies below are from the 21st-century, they are a witness to the dedication of our brothers and sisters in faith. This Lent calendar has been created to show our gratitude and admiration of them.
National Director of ACN Australia, Mr Bernard Toutounji said. "Reading the ACN Lent calendar and watching these modern martyrs stories is a powerful, emotional and spiritual experience. To read of those that loved Christ so much, who followed his Word so closely that they have given their own lives in order to share Christ with others causes you to reflect on your own Faith. What can I learn from these extraordinary examples of love? How will reading these stories change my own priorities in life? In the Season of Lent where Catholics are encouraged to pray, fast and give alms. I hope this Lent calendar will be a catalyst to prayer and action. Also, I would encourage you if you have the means to give a financial gift to Aid to the Church in Need this Lent so we can continue to support the communities that these martyrs were forced to leave behind".
You can donate to our Lent campaign via the donation form below or by calling 1800 101 201 (AEDT) during business hours. Your donation will be directed towards our projects most in need. Our 9 project areas include - support for religious sisters, training of priests and seminarians, Mass offerings for poor priests, emergency assistance for Christian refugees, distribution of bibles, education of catechists, construction of churches and church facilities, providing transport for pastoral care and providing media support to share the faith.
Watch these powerful videos, which tell the stories of 4 martyrs. Click on the images below and a new window will open:
JOURNEY WITH MODERN MARTYRS
This year Aid to the Church in Need has created two resources for your own journey through Lent. Click the images below to view our 2020 Lent Calendar and the Stations of the Cross resource. The Lent calendar contains 47 powerful stories, we know that can be a lot to read at once, so if you would like an easy way to digest all the content in the Lent calendar you can subscribe to our Lenten email series as we "Journey with the Martyrs" you will receive 8 emails the first on Ash Wednesday then one every Sunday of Lent until Easter Sunday.
WAY OF THE CROSS 2020 RESOURCE:
PRAY | FAST | GIVE
Any donations over $25 can opt-in to receive a free Via Crucis booklet (The Way of the Cross). The booklet features the fifteen Stations of the Cross accompanied by a quotation from the Gospel, a meditation on the will of God, written by Fr Joaquin Alliende-Luco, and illustrations by Bradi Barth. Booklet dimensions: 116mm x 149mm, 40 pp, softback.