Would you consider joining Benedictine and Cistercian men and women in the United States and Canada to help monasteries in developing countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America through the annual AIM Lenten Appeal?
It is a simple but significant effort. Benedictines and Cistercians and their Oblates in the United States and Canada are invited to pray, fast, and give alms for a common action.
During Lent, please join us in:
- Saying the AIM prayer each day (click here);
- Fasting in a special way on Wednesday and/or Friday
- Donating to the projects that are shown in the image (click for full pdf flier).
The focus of AIM for the past few years has been to provide formation and educational opportunities for the members of developing monastic communities. Without an education, the members of these monasteries will find it difficult to be viable and self-sufficient.
You will see, however, that we do ask for help with other projects, too. This year a community in Uganda requested funds to purchase breviaries. Another request is the construction of a poultry house for a monastery in Nigeria that will provide an income for the community.
In writing about the observance of Lent in his Holy Rule, St. Benedict invites us to devote ourselves to extra prayer, reading, and self-denial so that each of us has “something above the assigned measure to offer God.” This Lenten project is one way for you to enter into the spirit of the Lenten observance.
Or, consider the AIM USA Lenten Appeal as a project for your group (parish, prayer group, school, youth ministry); if you need more prayer cards and/or envelopes, please contact us.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or write. We can be reached at 814-453-4724 or email@example.com.
Please do whatever you can. Your response will mean more than you can imagine for our monastic families in Asia, Africa, and South America. Use the button below to access our secure PayPal page or send a check to AIM USA, 345 East Ninth Street, Erie, PA 16503. Thank you.
Sister Theresa Zoky, OSB