Sacred Heart Appeal - Farming Projects
The first quarter of 2019 has left many scars in the life of our society! Some might last a lifetime while others may heal by the power of prayer and the loving touch of Jesus. As people of faith we move forward in the hope that in coming months we will be spared from natural disasters, personal injuries or life threatening illness and ongoing violence in our world.
The bomb cyclone of March has hit the Midwest in ways that are hard to describe. You may recall the pictures in the news media and personal observations in your part of the country. Nebraska’s infrastructure will take a long time to be restored. Flooding has caused devastation and the power of Mother Nature was and still is evident. Many roads, highways and bridges are still impassable; farm land is totally barren with no topsoil for planting and livestock has been reduced in numbers due to drowned animals. The future for our farmers in Nebraska, Iowa and other parts of the region is bleak. Yet life goes on!
In spite of the dire situation in parts of the country, I am stepping out in faith to bring your attention to the needs of our “monastic farmers” in Tanzania, Zambia and Egypt. During the bi-annual meeting of the mission procurators several projects had been brought to my attention. The total amount needed for these is $60,000. However, if a larger sum can be raised, our monastic farmers will know how to put the funds to work.
Maybe you find a way of helping us! Your own financial obligations and needs have to come first. If your budget and resources allow, please reach out to us with your charitable contribution. Thank you.
These are the projects:
The young community in Ismailia, Egypt, operates a farm. The authorities have suggested to the monks that the property be fenced in with a brick wall to keep invaders away. The community has already started the project but do not want to have an “ugly wall.” The solution is planting date palms around the perimeter.
The monks of St. Theresa Benedictine Monastery in Katibunga, Zambia, are active in social services to the people of nearby villages and to the students of their school. A clinic building is ready to be opened for services once all the needed equipment is installed. The monks of Katibunga also have a farm which produces maize, fruit and vegetables to complement the daily nourishment for the community. The surplus is sold at reasonable cost to the local population. However, there is an urgent need. The old hammer mill needs to be replaced. Monks are involved in its operation. People from approx. 14 villages near Katibunga bring maize for processing into flour. The picture to the left shows women waiting for their turn. A minimal payment is expected which will help with income needed for the sustainability of the monastery.
Holy Spirit Abbey in Mvimwa, Tanzania, is expanding its hog operation which provides meat not only for the growing community but also for all its boarding schools and the local population as manageable. The present housing for the pigs does not meet the building code and needs a major renovation. Abbot Pambo and community have asked for financial support.
Soon we will enter the month of June dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Since the early years of the Missionary Benedictine Congregation of St. Ottilien the monks observe faithfully the First Fridays and celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart as a major feast.
Be assured of our prayers for you and your intentions. Please make these known to us so that we can remember these especially on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart on June 28th. Thank you!
“The designs of his Heart are from age to age,
to rescue their souls from death and to keep them alive in famine.”
Entrance Antiphon – Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
For the community of Christ the King Priory:
Bro. Tobias, O.S.B.