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Leave a gift to ACN in your Will

“My faith means everything to me. That’s why I have made a gift in my Will to Aid to the Church in Need – to help pass on the Faith to future generations.”

Anthony Smith

Making a gift to a charity in your will is a very special token of expressing the values and interests you have held dear during your life.

By leaving a gift to Aid to the Church in Need in your Will, you will be leaving a legacy of faith to help the suffering Church around the world and to help keep the light of Christ’s love alight for all generations to come.

Thanks to your generous bequest, Aid to the Church in Need can:

  • Support more than 15,000 seminarians each year on their path to the priesthood
  • Provide Mass stipends to priests ministering to needy Christians around the world
  • Build and repair churches and chapels where they are most needed
  • Help priests and Sisters travel thousands of miles in their ministry – by bicycle, car, boat and even donkey
  • Sustain the prayerful life of religious Sisters who bring Christ's charity to the needy
  • Teach the Good News using Aid to the Church in Need's Child's bible, printed in more than 170 languages
  • Proclaim the Word of God by supporting catechetical work and publications

Seminarians singing at Rudno Seminary in UkraineMass organised for 44 priests in the diocese of Gikongoro in RwandaReconstruction of the Parish Church of the Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Careiro Lowland, BrazilVehicle in favour of the Daughters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Limpopo Province in the diocese of Witbank, South Africa: Sister Monsea and girls with the new carSister praying at the Carmel in Hera, Lautem, East TimorHappy children with ‘Child's Bible - God speaks to his children', in the diocese of Telsiai, LithuaniaThe speaker Evelyn on the Radio Paz with ACN's  'I Believe - A Little Catholic Catechism', in the diocese of Choluteca, Honduras

Seminarians singing at Rudno Seminary in Ukraine

Mass organised for 44 priests in the diocese of Gikongoro in Rwanda

Reconstruction of the Parish Church of the Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Careiro Lowland, Brazil

Vehicle in favour of the Daughters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Limpopo Province in the diocese of Witbank, South Africa: Sister Monsea and girls with the new car

Sister praying at the Carmel in Hera, Lautem, East Timor

Happy children with ‘Child's Bible - God speaks to his children', in the diocese of Telsiai, Lithuania

The speaker Evelyn on the Radio Paz with ACN's 'I Believe - A Little Catholic Catechism', in the diocese of Choluteca, Honduras

How your gift to the persecuted Church will be remembered

Faith gives courage and strength to Christians around the world who are dealing with heavy burdens. Poverty, disadvantage, discrimination, oppression and even persecution take their toll on individuals and communities and for many, the Church and their faith are a vital source of hope. A gift made in a Will to Aid to the Church in Need is a very special way of reaching out to our brothers and sisters in Christ , of passing on the faith and the values we hold dear to future generations and of helping to build God's kingdom on earth.

In thanks for these special gifts of faith, a proportion of each bequest is used for Masses for the soul of the deceased. These Masses are offered by priests around the world who commend the soul of the deceased to Almighty God when they offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Where possible, the priests chosen to say these Masses are themselves living amongst the poorest communities and the Mass Stipends they receive are a lifeline, helping them with the basics of life.

As a further gesture of remembrance, we add the name of the deceased to our In Memoriam Book. It rests on the altar in our Lady Chapel, watched over by a statue of Our Lady of Fatima, to whom ACN is dedicated.

Each day at midday, Aid to the Church in Need staff gather to pray the Angelus and for departed friends and benefactors. Each November, we also hold an Annual Requiem Mass for Departed Benefactors, where the In Memoriam Book is taken in procession to God's altar.

Fr Werenfried van Straaten (1913-2003), the 'Bacon Priest', founder of Aid to the Church in Need. Photo: Aid to the Church in Need

Fr Werenfried van Straaten (1913-2003), the 'Bacon Priest', founder of Aid to the Church in Need

Your Catholic legacy of faith

Fr Werenfried van Straaten, O Praem (1913 - 2003), who founded Aid to the Church in Need, took his inspiration from the message of Fatima. With a boundless belief in the generosity of our benefactors and a firm reliance on the Holy Spirit, he repeatedly made ambitious promises of prayer and support to "dry the tears of God wherever he weeps."

From Fr Werenfried's vision grew ACN - an international organisation dedicated to bringing Christ's mesage and love to the world and to keeping the flame of faith alive and strong wherever Christians endure persecution, oppression or poverty.

Obviously, very few people are called to be a 'Fr Werenfried' but as we consider our own lCatholic legacy of faith, we can perhaps take comfort in the fact that our compassion and our support for Fr Werenfried's mission gives us all a share in his spiritual legacy in bringing Christ to the world.

How your gift will make a difference

Child attending Mass in China. Photo: Aid to the Church in Need

Child attending Mass in China

“So many benefactors have supported me along the way. I know that when I am ordained I will never forget them when I say Mass.” A seminarian in China

Marian grotto, Flores Island, Indonesia. Photo: Aid to the Church in Need

Marian grotto, Flores Island, Indonesia

“We feel truly fortunate to be asked to help build the grotto at our Lady at Kei Besar. Words cannot express our delight at receiving such grace.”  In memory of their disabled daughter, this family helped build a Marian shrine in Indonesia

Our Lady with Jesus and flower. Photo: Aid to the Church in Need

Our Lady with Jesus and flower

“Whilst flowers are lovely, they die after a few days. But your work helps people and the church to live.”  A benefactor whose husband’s dying wish was for friends to donate to Aid to the Church In Need in his memory

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