Delivering Monstrances Around the World

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Catholic World Mission strongly emphasizes evangelistic revival and spiritual development in its core values. Our latest endeavor involves providing underprivileged parishes and communities with monstrances to foster increased devotion to the life-giving power of the Eucharist.

“The love of God and neighbor, the greatest commandment, is expressed in, and the fruit of Eucharistic worship.”
– St. John Paul II

Explore the tabbed sections below to see where you’ve helped spread the gift of Eucharistic Adoration!

Africa

Atlanta, USA - Bishop Celestin visits! L-R: Ide Maka, CWM partner; Deacon Rick Medina, CWM Executive Director; Bishop Pierre Celestin of Diocese of Luebo, DRC; Monsignor Marren, pastor of All Saints Catholic Church in Atlanta; Fr. Donatien Beya, Diocese of Luebo, DRC; Stephanie Lange, CWM Operations Manager

DR Congo has been locked in a violent civil war for years. In the summer of 2017, the Church was targeted by the warring factions, forcing priests, religious sisters, seminarians, and bishops to go into hiding. Churches have been burned, including monstrances still containing the Blessed Sacrament!

The Church has been heavily targeted. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in the Diocese of Luebo was desecrated on March 31. This is the seat of our friend and supporter of Ndekesha Orphanage, Bishop Pierre Celestin. He has fled the diocese for his safety.

The priests of the Diocese of Luebo have also fled. Some are still in DR Congo, living in groups in the bush or hostels, but many others have fled to other countries, including a refugee camp in Angola.

Catholic World Mission committed to getting a new monstrance to the Diocese of Luebo when the news of the violence broke. We wanted to restore the gift of adoration to the Diocese of Luebo by replacing the monstrances that were desecrated by fighters. We know the importance of being able to sit face-to-face with Jesus, especially in the midst of suffering. One of the main tenets of our faith is that the Lord is always near to us, especially in the Blessed Sacrament, and we wanted to help Bishop Celestin bring adoration back to his diocese.

Pictured above: Atlanta, USA – Bishop Celestin visits! L-R: Ide Maka, CWM partner; Deacon Rick Medina, CWM Executive Director; Bishop Pierre Celestin of Diocese of Luebo, DRC; Monsignor Marren, pastor of All Saints Catholic Church in Atlanta; Fr. Donatien Beya, Diocese of Luebo, DRC; Stephanie Lange, CWM Operations Manager

Pictured below: Atlanta, USA – Fr. Constantin Panu and Fr. Donatien Beya, both of the Diocese of Luebo in DR Congo, receive a new monstrance. CWM Executive Director Deacon Rick Medina and CWM partner Ide Maka present the monstrance.

Thanks to your help and generosity, we were able to give a monstrance to Bishop Celestin. You made it possible for the faithful in DR Congo to be physically near to Jesus in the Eucharist, even in the midst of violence and fighting.

Atlanta, USA - Fr. Constantin Panu and Fr. Donatien Beya, both of the Diocese of Luebo in DR Congo, receive a new monstrance. CWM Executive Director Deacon Rick Medina and CWM partner Ide Maka present the monstrance.

Americas

Catholic World Mission staff pictured with Fr. Brian Kerr, MOP (second from left) at an Atlanta event in 2014

In 2014, Father Brian Kerr, MOP, came to Catholic World Mission with a simple request: he wanted to promote Eucharistic Adoration in the centers the Missionaries of the Poor operate in Haiti.

The Missionaries of the Poor pray as a community before the Blessed Sacrament, exposed in their new monstrance. See photos below!

Asia

Atlanta, USA - Deacon Rick Medina presents Archbishop George Antonysamy of the Archdiocese of Madras and Mylapore with a new monstrance

Holy Family Center

For Archbishop George Antonysamy, of the Archdiocese of Madras and Mylapore, India, the family is the bedrock of the faith in India and for the whole Church. He told us, “If the family isn’t sound, the Church will not be sound.” This is true, especially when the Cathechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the family–the domestic church–is the primary catechist for children. “Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith” (CCC 2226).

Archbishop George dreams of building a center in his archdiocese devoted to the Holy Family, where families can come for counseling, faith formation, and spiritual retreats. He requested a monstrance for this center, so that all the families who come can know Jesus and receive graces from sitting at the Lord’s feet in adoration.

Along with Catholics, Archbishop George taught us that Hindus and Muslims also have a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Hindus and Muslims make up the majority of the population in India, and Archbishop George wants to help form all families, so the Holy Family Center will be open to practitioners of all faiths–Hindu, Muslim, and Christians. Archbishop George wants to teach all families how to pray together and how to resolve conflicts and grow stronger together. It is so exciting to be part of that mission in an integral way by providing a monstrance!

Deacon Rick Medina presents a new monstrance to Archbishop George Antonysamy
The new monstrance presented to Archbishop Antonysamy
Deacon Rick and Archbishop George
Archbishop George Antonysamy celebrates mass with Deacon Rick Medina as principal deacon in Atlanta, GA, August 2017

Adore for Vocations

One major impact Archbishop Antonysamy hopes adoration in the Holy Family Center will have is on priestly vocations.

He shared with us that for many seminarians, their approach to their studies is more like studying for a profession rather than a vocation. This stems in large part from family culture in India. Adult children are expected to care for their parents, especially as they age. For many men in seminary, the priesthood appears to be a profession which will allow them to fulfill this duty. We know that the priesthood is a vocation, and a vocation is a gift from God, which allows us to know him, love him, serve him, and make him known to others. (Marriage and consecrated life are other vocations.)

Archbishop George sees that forming families goes hand-in-hand with forming the hearts of men called to the priesthood. He wants to mold the hearts and minds of these men in a special way so that they know that by giving their lives in service to God and his Church, they are doing more than taking up a job or career. They are, in fact, responding to God’s deep love for them. He wants to form families, too, so that they more fully understand their son’s calling and their own vocations.

Coming Up…

Communities in need receive so much joy when they get their monstrances!

We’re getting ready to find homes for 8 new monstrances in 2019! Stay tuned for the latest!

Check back often to see the fruits of Adoration around the world, and to see when new communities receive their monstrances!

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