Bishop’s Christmas Missionary Appeal 2017

Bishop’s Christmas Missionary Appeal

The proceeds of the 2017 Bishop’s Special Missionary Appeal at Christmas will once again be directed towards the Diocese of Kohima, North Eastern India. This is the third year the Diocese of Bathurst has supported the Diocese of Kohima, providing much needed funds to provide new infrastructure at Sanis, a large township within the Wokha District and one of the oldest Catholic village communities in the Diocese.

The St Peter’s Centre at Sanis is in urgent need of new classrooms. The existing school buildings will be replaced with 17 new rooms. The Centre has a multitude of functions, serving Sanis and the seven other closely located Catholic communities. This includes providing education for up to 300 children, pastoral care, catechesis and evangelisation.

Thanks to the generosity of the people of the Diocese of Bathurst, construction on the new classrooms and other facilities commenced early this year.

Bishop James Thoppil, from the Diocese of Kohima, was happy to report that the project is progressing well. “The construction work has begun in earnest. Stage one progress has included site levelling, the laying of the foundations, with the plinth put in place and the pillars and beams being cast. The casting of the first floor is nearing completion”, he said. “We have faced many challenges as we progress, mainly due to the extreme monsoon season we experienced during the year and now, scarcity of water. Contingency plans are in place to cope with these challenges”.

There will be an opportunity to share the spirit of Christmas, and help bring this project to fruition, at all Christmas Masses across the Diocese. You can also send your donation direct to Bishop McKenna at PO Box 246, Bathurst, NSW, 2795 or online HERE>

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