For places of faith
Where Catholics live their faith in a minority situation, they need places where they can build a community. They require premises for meetings and prayer.
Therefore, the Bonifatiuswerk supports the construction and maintenance of churches, convents, chapels, community centres, Catholic schools and pre-schools in the diaspora in Germany, Northern Europe and the Baltic states.
For the propagation of faith
The propagation of faith with children and youths is a particular challenge in the diaspora. Perceiving yourself as the only Catholic among persons of the same age, among friends, can often cause problems, particularly to adolescents.
The Bonifatiuswerk‘s aid for children and youths sponsors pastoral and diaconal, charitable projects in the diaspora and provides a wide variety of opportunities to make contact within faith.
Subsidies are, for instance, granted for „religious children‘s weeks“ in Eastern Germany, religious pre-school education and pastoral school projects, Catholic daycare facilities, children‘s hospice services and youth facilities.
For living your faith within a community
Having to travel long distances for celebrating Mass, for preparation classes for the First Communion, for attending Catholic schools or senior citizen groups - this is often the harsh reality in regions where Catholics live their faith in a minority situation.
Therefore, the transport aid of the Bonifatiuswerk supports church communities and organisations in the diaspora in Germany with the purchase of vehicles. Approximately 40 rapeseed yellow BONI buses are sponsored by the Bonifatiuswerk every year.
For missionary changes
Being alone in your faith - today Catholics experience this not only in extreme diaspora regions, but also in traditionally predominantly Catholic regions. The number of people who have grown apart from faith and the Church is growing. A new faith diaspora is developing.
Therefore, the faith aid of the Bonifatiuswerk sponsors missionary, pastoral projects throughout Germany. It funds posts in the diaspora, which take the missionary aspect into account, and it supports campaigns and education of the church communities in order to put forward, strengthen and pass on faith.
Im Mittelpunkt des neuen Bonifatiusblattes steht das Thema der Diaspora-Aktion 2017 "Unsere Identität: Segen sein".
Und das neue Heft der Schriftenreihe „Lebendiges Zeugnis“ (02/2017) widmet sich dem Thema "Bibelpastoral".
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