Saturday, 5 September 2015

A Visitor from Belarus . . .

We were delighted today to welcome Sister Natalia to St Ann's.  Sister Natalia is a Sister of Mercy attached to the Russian Orthodox Monastery of St Elisabeth in Minsk. The convent currently counts just under 100 nuns and around 300 Sisters of Mercy.

Since its establishment the convent has been caring for 200 orphanage children with psychophysical deficiencies for almost 15 years.

The beautiful craft-work and religious artefacts the Sisters brought with them today are made by recovering addicts in the monastery workshop.  This not only enables the Sisters to raise much-needed funds to support their work with the poor and needy but also provides very beneficial therapy for those whom they seek to help.

Sister Natalia with some of her 'wares'.

 Hand-crafted toys and other items in the local style.
 Some of the many beautiful icons available.

 Gosh, which do I choose . . . ?

Yet more beautiful icons.

You can learn more about this congregation of Nuns and the valuable work they do by visiting their website here.

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