Nuns Ministering among Deprived in Malawi Get Boost from International Catholic Charity

Nuns in Malawi

For years, Carmelite Sisters in Malawi’s Catholic Diocese of Zomba have been working under difficult conditions to bake hosts, which they sell to make a living and to support the deprived in the Malawian Diocese.

According to the leadership of the Pontifical Charity Organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Religious Sisters have been working in the Southeastern African country since 2003 and spend time praying, especially for the sanctification of the members of the Clergy in the country.

“At present there are eleven Sisters living there, their lives devoted entirely to a life of prayer and contemplation,” the leadership of ACN notes in a report published Monday, February 8, and adds in reference to the Carmelite Sisters, “They are praying for the salvation of the whole world and especially for the sanctification of Priests. And there are a number of young women who would like to join them.”

According to the Pontifical charity organization, the Religious Sisters work among “very poor” people in the South of Malawi; the poor depend on the Religious Congregation for their survival. The people, ACN notes, struggle to survive owing to lengthy dry seasons experienced in the region.

“The local Catholic faithful are delighted at the presence of the Sisters and they are also happy to support them, to the extent of their possibilities. But they are very poor. The dry season lasts here for eight months of the year. And so, it is often the Sisters themselves who end up sharing, albeit gladly, the little they have with the poor who come knocking at their door,” the leadership of the Catholic charity says.


Over time, the Religious Sisters’ clientele has grown beyond the Diocese of Zomba and they are now supplying hosts to other Catholic Dioceses in the country, ACN leadership notes in the February 8 report.

ACN, which reaches out to evangelizers in hardship places, reports that it has not been easy for the Carmelite Sisters who move around in a worn-out vehicle to transport heavy sacks of flour used to bake the hosts.

“Sometimes they (Carmelite Sisters) were able to find someone to help them with the transport, but only as an emergency solution,” the leadership of ACN has reported, adding, “They previously owned a very old vehicle, which over the course of the years however became increasingly unreliable and expensive to repair and maintain and was no longer fit for purpose.”

To help the Sisters with transport, the Pontifical charity organization has donated 25,570 Euros to the community of Carmelite Sisters in Malawi’s Zomba Diocese to buy a new vehicle.

“Needless to say, given the road conditions in Malawi as in many other parts of Africa, it was essential to have a robust and sturdy vehicle, capable of coping with the terrain, since otherwise it would quickly wear out and become useless,” the leadership of ACN says while announcing the donation.

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In their expression of gratitude, the Carmelite Sisters have written to ACN saying, “We are very happy with this car. May God bless you and reward you a million times over! He who can read all hearts can see how grateful we are!”