Three decades of conflicts between Tamil and Sinhalese has wounded and divided the local communities. Many families are suffering. With your help, the Family Pastoral of Mannar will be able to provide pastoral care to them.
WE PROMISED TO support 98 training PROJECTS FOR the LAITY. WE STILL NEED $1,672,405.05
Sri Lankans are still striving to heal the wounds left in society after almost three decades of civil war. One of the missions of the Church is to promote the reconciliation between Tamil and Sinhalese. Since Christianity assembles peoples from all ethnic groups in the country, to provide the faithful with a deeper understanding of the Gospel and Christian values is a path towards forgiveness and reconciliation. Many families lost their breadwinners during the conflicts. On the one hand, it shifted the family structures and on the other, it created several dependants. For that reason, many dioceses have projects for families and young people. Catholics are a minority in the country, they account for approximately 7% of the population.
After the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday that killed 259 people and left 500 wounded, the other priority for the Church has become the advocacy for interreligious dialogue.
The 46 parishes in the diocese of Mannar in Sri Lanka are organizing a program to train the laity. With your help, 200 couples, 124 young people, 240 altar servers, 145 animators, and 100 ministers of the Word will take part.
The diocese of Mannar is divided into two districts: Mannar and Vavuniya. The 89,793 Catholics that belong to the community live in separated areas. With your help, we can support the purchase of a vehicle to provide pastoral care for all.
After the war, the communities of Pontheevukandal and Alwakkai separated. They have two parishes instead of one. But their priest has set up house, temporarily, in the sacristy. Your gift will contribute to the construction of a presbytery.