THREE MOBILE FAITH HELPERS
Just one day after the handover of a BONI bus, the next one followed shortly afterwards: Three more mobile faith helpers are now back in service, after formerly already having been on German roads. After a complete overhaul, they will soon be put into service in Latvia. "It is really nice that the Bonifatiuswerk is able to provide help with older BONI buses, too - that by means of them people may stay connected and live out their faith", says Ingo Imenkämper, Managing Director of the Bonifatiuswerk: "We are confident that the three donated vehicles will bring many people together and wish them a good and safe journey at any time!"
Dean Ingars Stepkāns thanked the Bonifatiuswerk for the traffic aid by means of a pair of warm gloves. The priest is active in the parish of St. Sacrament in Gulbene, where, in addition to catholic religious education for children, also adult catechesis is offered for everyone interested in getting baptised. Thanks to the new BONI bus, which will also be used in the neighboring parishes in Aluksne, in Smiltene, in Jaunpiebalgas and in Madona, as well as by the Sisters of the Holy Family, the performance of pastoral care is facilitated for Dean Ingars Stepkāns. Thus, he regularly is paying visits to various elderly care centers in Jaungulbene (17 kilometers away), Daukstes (15 kilometers away) and some other places. The rape yellow minibus also makes the monthly church service in a chapel in Ranka (35 kilometers away) as well as the congregational visit at the Basilica of Aglona for thnightly service (145 kilometers away) a lot easier.
In the parish of Our Lady's Name, the BONI bus will support making pilgrimages to Aglona, providing excursions for elderly people from nursing homes, and organizing the parish life: In the multi-international (Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian and Polish) parish of about 1800 parishioners there are youth meetings, pilgrimages, a Sunday school, adult catechesis and many other activities.
The third van supports the School of Evangelization at Maria House in Jaunaglona, which is currently being converted into a community house. The first five members moved in here in March.By now, the number has already grown to 15, while the planned capacity is 50 to 70 people. The bus will be available to Caritas, various pilgrimage groups and Radio Maria Latvia, as well as being required for the organization of various events: Oasis youth camps, children's camps, Maria School meetings, retreats of seminarians from Riga, as well as for pilgrims.
The transport aid of the Bonifatiuswerk supports the three BONI bus allocations with a subsidy of 19,123.73 euros.