Missionaries of the Poor Need Help

Our family visiting with the Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston, Jamaica.

Dear friends,

The monastery of the Missionaries of the Poor in the United States is here in Monroe, NC, and the superior contacted us yesterday asking for some help.  I’d like to invite you to give us a hand.  

First, our motive for giving to the poor is that we may obtain an indulgence offered by the Church for such acts.  An indulgence is an exchange granted by Christ the Lord, through the Church, that allows us to avoid temporal punishments due for our sins, or offer them on behalf of others.  The Church’s Manual of Indulgences says:    

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who, led by the spirit of faith, give compassionately of themselves or of their goods to serve their brothers in need.

Second, the Missionaries of the Poor care directly for the poorest of the poor in Jamaica, Africa and India.  We have worked directly with them for over 10 years and have visited their missions on several occasions.  In Jamaica, they run several homes to care for unwanted children, abandoned elderly, sick and dying, crippled and homeless. They are faithful Catholic missionaries who do incredible, sacrificial work and are worthy of your almsgiving.  They are featured on the EWTN show, “The Church and the Poor“.

A group of the Missionaries of the Poor and I (center) after a class in Kingston, Jamaica in 2010.

Third, the Missionaries collect supplies from throughout the United States and ship them to their base in Jamaica.  The organization “Food for the Poor” provides them with free shipping overseas.  When need help finishing up a shipment, they contact us for help.  We usually invite CLAA families and friends to help us provide what they need, and that’s what we’re doing today.  At the present time, the brothers in Jamaica need cooking oil for their centers and they have asked us to provide cash needed to purchase cooking oil for the shipment.

If you are able, please make a donation below.  Next week, we’ll write a check for the Missionaries here in Monroe, NC.  I’ll set a goal for us at $1,500.

Click here to donate.

Thank you for your help,
William C. Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy

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