Freetown, 10 January, 2021 / 4:50 pm (ACI Africa).
A new church under construction at the Parish dedicated to St. Augustine in Sierra Leone’s Freetown Archdiocese is a response to the growing number of parishioners, the leadership of the Salesian Missions, the U.S.-based development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) has said.
“As the number of parishioners and the size of the community have increased, Salesian missionaries embarked on a multi-phase project to expand their outgrown church,” the leadership of the Catholic agency, which is funding the project, says in a report shared with ACI Africa, Thursday, January 7.
With the current structure hosting an estimated 700 members of the surrounding Dworzark Catholic community, the new building is expected to accommodate more faithful as well as an estimated 150 youths who participate in activities at Don Bosco Youth Center from Monday to Saturday at the Parish.
The new church building is also expected to serve the pupils of St. Augustine’s Pre-School and St. Augustine’s Primary School, learning institutions managed by the Parish.
Noting that the Parish “is one of the poorest parishes in the Archdiocese of Freetown,” the leadership of the New York-based agency is grateful to the parishioners who are “making personal efforts to bring the building to completion.”