17/08/2020

New Fazenda unit inaugurated in Uruguay

The new unit of Fazenda da Esperança in Montevideo (Uruguay) was inaugurated with a Mass

New Fazenda unit inaugurated in Uruguay

The house, located in a former Carmelite convent in the Punta de Rieles neighborhood, was inaugurated after a Thanksgiving Mass celebrated on August 8, following all the corresponding sanitary measures to prevent coronavirus contagion.

The Archdiocesan communications team (ICM) informed that the Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Martin Krebs, participated in the Mass; the Archbishop of Montevideo, Cardinal Daniel Sturla; Auxiliary Bishops, Dom Pablo Jourdan and Dom Luis González; Bishop de Melo, Dom Heriberto Bodeant; and eight priests.

In addition, young people living for a few days in the therapeutic community, project leaders and promoters, donors, government officials such as the Minister of Development, Pablo Bartol, and the president of the National Drug Council, Daniel Radío, participated.

In his homily, Cardinal Sturla referred to the readings of the day to say that in life "sometimes we have a gentle breeze and sometimes we have storms, a contrary wind".

Likewise, the people who live at Fazenda da Esperança have experienced storms, but “Jesus' hand, powerful, extended, is lifting us up. It is Jesus and it is the Church, which rescues through various works, it brings the word of Jesus, salvation ”.

"We all need Jesus, we have to fix our eyes on Him, we all need Jesus to grab us and rescue us," Cardinal Sturla assured.

On the occasion, a greeting was read from the founders of Fazenda da Esperança, Frei Hans Stapel and Nelson Giovannelli; thanks were also given to the Carmelite nuns for donating the monastery, to the volunteers who took the project forward, among other benefactors.

During the offertory, the young people from Fazenda da Esperança brought three elements made by them to the altar: a third to ask for the protection of Our Lady, a handmade pen that symbolizes the opportunity to write a new page of its history and bread, a symbol of everyday food.

After the Eucharist and amid intense applause, the young Diego, Ismael and Lucas went ahead to receive their diploma after a year of recovery in another house of the work.

At the end of the Mass, an image of Our Lady was blessed and enthroned, which was found there and restored.

“If God can recompose the children, how can I not restore a statue?”, Thought the person who restored the Marian image.

Source: Aleteia

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