ROTHER CHRIS SWEENEY, S.C. arrived in Amatongas, Mozambique
Refounding a school is a big job anywhere, but in a place ravaged by war
in 2011 fresh from New Orleans, Louisiana and ready to tackle a for-
midable job. He and three other brothers were given the assignment of
reestablishing a Catholic boarding school that needed just about everything:
money, desks, equipment, gardens for feeding the boys who lived there, and
animals for food, among other essentials.
and beset by extreme poverty, the Amatongas school has been a particularly
daunting task—but one Sweeney loves.
Moving from New Orleans to Mozambique was dramatic
enough. But for Brother Chris Sweeney, S.C. rebuilding an
abandoned school out of the ashes of civil war has made
life really interesting.
SWEENEY, S.C. is part of
a team of four brothers
and many dedicated
laypeople who have
revived a Catholic
school in Mozambique,
a country where only
eight percent of children
go to high school and
over half live in poverty.
TEXT BY CAROL SCHUCK SCHEIBER
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE BROTHERS OF THE SACRED HEART
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO BROTHER CHRIS SWEENEY, S.C.
Scheiber is VISION’s content
editor and publications editor
for the National
Religious Vocation Conference.
Starting over from scratch