In addition to celebrating Mass and organizing beautiful religious ceremonies for their parishioners, the Fathers administer the Sacraments free of charge and teach catechism to the children. When they first arrived, La Colonia del Sonador (Bonao) had no drinking water. The Fathers, like the inhabitants, had to boil the water of the river to make it fit for consumption. First they dug a cistern to collect rainwater. In 1984, they discovered a spring at the far end of the property. Its flow was so great that at that time the whole village came to draw water from it.
In a very underprivileged area of Sonador, our religious have built a monastery,
from where they serve the
Not being able to count on anyone's help, these folks look upon the Fathers as
envoys from heaven.
Living poor among the poor, our Fathers work hard using the most rudimentary tools.
The construction of the monastery
in Colonia del Sonador, Bonao.
Pouring cement for the roof.
Neighbours come to trade their services
for food supplies.
Finishing the interior walls with methods dating back to biblical times.
After a round at the market,
return to the mission loaded with sacks of rice to feed the poorest people.
A borrow horse serves as a tractor when there is extra transport to be done.
Distribution of food to needy families.
These products are given to us by benefactors with compassionate hearts.
At any moment, one can knock on the door of the Padres who do the utmost to meet the needs of the moment.
Alas, our rescue capabilities are far from adequate for the magnitude of the needs.
Faced with the suffering and deprivation of some of our brothers, could we still complain?
A Father takes care of a sick baby. Parents can't afford clinic fees.
Just before dying on the cross, Jesus washed the feet of His apostles. Then He said to them, I have given you an example, that you may do as I have done.
The preparatory catechism course for First Communion and Confirmation.
When it's the rainy season, the consequences are unpredictable. Little Padres have magical resources and know what to do in any situation.
Severe flooding ravaged the property and caused damage to the Monastery. Our Fathers cleared the grounds and dug ditches.
How much the stories of the Padre captivate these youngsters! One never tires of hearing the stories that stir the imagination and ignite a great ideal for good.
After the catechism lesson, a snack prepared by the Padres with a mother's thoughtfulness! One goes home with a full belly, a happy heart and a willingness to do good.
It's only fair to give the Padres a hand. Established in La Colonia for more than 40 years, they share the poor and simple life of the locals.
Religious and moral instruction, indispensable for an honest and happy future.
The boys like to make themselves useful. Parents are delighted that their children are safe and well cared for.
An important bonus is that the children won't be hungry when they get home.
The children are proud to show off the little gifts received as a reward for their good behaviour.
How much one loves to color these beautiful pages! Inspiring images, which, while teaching Christian values, stimulate talent and develop healthy discipline.
Distribution of clothing to families. These articles were sent free of charge from the United States and Canada.
It does so much good to the soul, and even to the body, to come and see the Padres and to hear about the promises of Heaven.
Celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of Mass for the good people of La Colonia. They can attend because there is no money collection!
Good Friday in La Colonia. -- Meditation of the Way of Cross.
Children filled with happiness as they receive their First Communion and... delighted with their beautiful gowns!
A bishop came from a faraway country to give Confirmation to a few teenagers.
The priest gives the Sacrament of Extreme Unction to a dying woman and prepares her to appear before God. Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, says Jesus.
Food distribution time is always a major attraction. Gratitude from the poor is our best paycheck.
Some regulars of the mission who are happy to rely on the Fathers' help in all their needs.
Pastoral visit in the homes.
Spiritual help always goes hand in hand
with temporal help.
Comfort visit to people's homes and sharing some groceries.
For the holidays, children are proud to wear a uniform that makes them look like angels.
A kind-hearted benefactor offers us free shipping of supplies for our mission in the Dominican Republic.