Venezuela: A convent for the young contemplative congregation of the Hermits of the Heart of Jesus
The Hermits of the Heart of Jesus are a new female congregation that was first established in Venezuela. It was founded in 2011 and is inspired by the Carthusian ideal. The sisters are called to a life in strict enclosure. During the week they dwell alone in individual cells. Only on Saturday evening and Sunday do they come together. The individual cells are intended to have the form of small hermit cells within the grounds of the convent.
The strictly contemplative life of these sisters follows a pattern of intensive prayer and manual work. The centre of their spirituality is the Heart of Jesus. They explain, "The Heart of Jesus is the expression and the core of the love of God and unites us with him, so that we can share in His life. Our apostolate is one of prayer and of being centred in love in the heart of the Church, which we then pass on to all the other members of the Mystical Body of Christ."
(Sisters of the 'Hermits of the Heart of Jesus' look over the construction site of the new convent
© Aid to the Church in Need)
The sisters have chosen to live in poverty and to live a very frugal life. They rely entirely on God‘s providence. Yet they do still need the help of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) to build a convent, so that they can accept new vocations and live their contemplative life without outside disturbance. In fact they have already begun to build, and ACN has already helped with a grant of $26,000 to date . But given the disastrous Venezuelan economy, it is difficult to obtain building materials, and prices have soared meanwhile, so the sisters have again turned to the charity for help. ACN has promised another $14,000.
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