The congregation of the Missionaries of Faith (Missionari della Fede) is still very young. It was established in 1982 in Italy and has been present in India since 1989, where it is known as the Missionaries of Faith. It began in India with four priests; today it already has two provinces, numerous ordained priests and a high number of new vocations. In fact the number of Indian priests has grown so rapidly that many of them are now being sent into other parts of the world, where there is a shortage of vocations.
The congregation's Province of Saint Peter was established two years ago. It is still very poor and therefore still dependent on outside support. At present it has 22 young novices preparing for ordination. Some of them have come from the state of Orissa where at Christmas 2007 and again in August 2008 fanatical Hindus launched murderous attacks against Christians. Over a hundred people were killed and around 50,000 Christians were forced to flee their homes, while numerous churches, Church properties and private homes were destroyed. The families of these young men are for the most part extremely poor. Many of the novices are from remote villages and many of them are orphans. Their provincial Superior, Fr Prabhakar Vangala, has once again asked the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) for help to support the training of his seminarians, since the province has to supply everything they need during this time - from food and lodging, to medical care, to clothing, teaching and educational materials.
(Missionaries of the Faith Seminarians processing into Mass © Aid to the Church in Need)
At the same time he thanks ACN for the support we gave last year: “Without your generous and selfless help, we could not have done the wonderful work we have managed to do in our seminary. We were even able to provide our students with three meals a day. We are immensely grateful to your organisation, since we have no one else to turn to for help.“ Not wishing to disappoint him ACN will help once again with a grant of $7,500 this year.
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