As the Church today marks the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need will also celebrate “Benefactors Day”.
ACN staff worldwide, together with the foundation’s project partners, which include thousands of bishops, priests, religious and laypeople engaged in pastoral ministry, will today thank in a special way all ACN’s benefactors for their faithful support.
Masses and prayers will be offered by ACN’s project partners for the 350,000 benefactors worldwide who support the mission and work of supporting persecuted Christians.
The benefactors, from the smallest to the largest, form the spiritual family of the pontifical foundation.
In a statement announcing plans for Benefactors Day, ACN said its supporters are “the ‘hidden heart’ and the 'driving engine’ of its pastoral mission and activity”.
“The benefactors of ACN, in their help to the needy and the poor, imitate the love of the Heart of Jesus, which conquered evil in the world and gives us eternal life.”
Bishop Agapitus Nfon from Cameroon said support from ACN’s benefactors had enabled the training of seminarians.
“The formation of our future priests, especially in Kumba, would have been impossible without your financial assistance,” Bishop Nfon said.
On June 15, ACN announced that in 2021, it had received $A209.7 million in donations to support persecuted and suffering Christians around the world.