A new residence for Las Pequeñas Hermanas de la Sagrada Familia in Honduras
Lacking suitable and adequate facilities to accommodate its members, novices and other visiting guests, the congregation of Las Pequeñas Hermanas de la Sagrada Familia had a desire to adapt its facilities so that it could better fulfill its charism of supporting priests in the exercise of their ministry.
Two years later, despite challenges such as the pandemic, social crises and tropical storms, the members of the congregation saw their dream come true in late September with the completion of their new residence.
The Roncalli Foundation helps the congregation support disadvantaged populations
This major project is the result of a collaboration between the Roncalli Foundation and a religious congregation in Canada to support Las Pequeñas Hermanas de la Sagrada Familia in realizing their dream and be able to serve the country’s most impoverished communities thanks to having safe facilities.
The new residence consists of different units. The main building will function as the congregation’s Mother House in Central America, housing its members residing in Tegucigalpa, and welcoming novices from other regions who are in formation. Attached to the main building is a beautiful chapel with a crypt in honour of the congregation’s founder, Blessed Marie-Léonie Paradis.
In addition, there is a house for visitors, as the sisters will provide accommodation to poor families from outlying regions who must travel to Tegucigalpa to access health care services in the capital. Finally, there is a residence for priests requiring accommodation when they travel.
A blessing ceremony for the buildings and the chapel took place on September 28th, in the presence of the Bishop of Tegucigalpa and members of the Roncalli International Foundation, who participated by videoconference.