The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary number among our chief partners working with CNEWA in the Middle East, with a mission that extends into Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. With the help and support of our benefactors, CNEWA subsidizes the good works of these sisters — most notably, with care of refugee and displaced families from Iraq and Syria. Focusing on families not registered with the United Nations — who thus receive no international assistance and aid — the sisters spend time with the families, assessing their needs, offering help and counsel.
Concerned for the welfare of the hearts, souls and bodies of those most vulnerable, the sisters work with women, children and the elderly. In Jordan, the sisters run summer camps, which offer activities and events for refugee children as well as those born in the kingdom. One of the most popular such programs, held at the St. Joseph School in Zerqa, offers sessions every year for hundreds of children from low-income families.
The sisters also administer workshops and training sessions for the formation of lay leaders, with classes held at our Lady of Peace Center and at the sisters’ convent in Amman. Spiritual retreats, liturgies and activities designed to develop leadership skills all ensure that these ancient faith communities survive, even under difficult circumstances.
These efforts and more have helped ensure that those most in need receive support and hope in one of the most troubled and challenging corners of the world.
To continue supporting the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, call: 1-800-442-6392 (United States) or 1-866-322-4441 (Canada).