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The year 2020 marked 100 years of religious life and ministry in Congo for the Crosiers. There are now 113 Crosier priests, brothers, and seminarians serving in this African mission.
To mark this milestone, we broke ground and began building phase one of a new Crosier K–12 Catholic school for the children of Butembo. After many years of planning, and with the help of generous benefactors in the United States, the Crosiers are seeing this dream become a reality.
The school will accommodate 1,600 students in 30 classrooms (55 students per classroom is standard in Congo). It will also include a library, computer resource room, office space and restrooms. There will also be outdoor space where students can enjoy sporting activities.
Since there is no school near the Crosier priory in Butembo, local children have to walk great distances to attend school each day, some as many as 10 miles. Seeing the need for a school, the Crosiers approached the local people to determine their interest in supporting a new school. They were very excited to see such a project move forward. While they will not be able to finance building materials, they will contribute by clearing and preparing the site, digging the foundation, mixing concrete, making bricks and hauling lumber and other materials.
The Crosiers in Congo rely on the generosity of others for support. With a goal of raising $1 million dollars to build the new school, the Crosiers are grateful for your financial gifts.
The school will teach children how to end the cycle of poverty in their lives and promote a culture of peace, reconciliation and forgiveness.
The Crosiers invite your partnership to build the school, which will
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