Locations

Provincial House (Province of the Immaculate Conception)
Community Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

Apostolic Houses
Community Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Abrabroki-Paramaribo

Our mission in Suriname started on November 14, 2010. The official language of Suriname is Dutch, however, the Creole language “Saran Tongo,” is also widely spoken. The population of Suriname is about 520,000; almost half of the population lives in the capital city, Paramaribo. This country has a very multicultural society with people of many different religions: Muslims, Hindus, Protestants, and Catholics. The climate is tropical and hot all year round. Suriname is a former Dutch colony. It gained its independent from the Netherlands peacefully in 1975. With only 165,000 square kilometers, it is the smallest sovereign country in South America.

The Wooden St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Paramaribo (Suriname)The mission that we are working in was originally founded by the Redemptorist fathers who cultivated a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Catholics here also have a great devotion to Blessed Peter Donders, who worked in Suriname for 27 years in a leper colony. The National Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul is the largest wooden structure in the Western Hemisphere.

suriname-in-context

Apostolate
The sisters’ apostolic works include:

  • Sacristy and parish work
  • Catechism instruction
  • Youth groups
  • Visiting the sick and elderly

Read More About Our Mission in Suriname

Photos from the missions

 

How you can help

Use PayPal to make a tax-deductible donation to this mission. Your mailing address only will be used to send you a thank-you letter with our tax ID number for your records.

Or send your charitable donations payable to:
SSVM
ATTN: Suriname
Provincial House
28 15th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

All the sisters thank you for your prayers and support!