In 1998 the Sisters of St. Paul came to Oneşti which is a large town in the northeast of Romania in the district of Bacau. The Sisters were invited there by the Bishop of Iasi to open a Convent and to build a Gràdiniţa (nursery) and Youth Centre to cater for some of the needs of the Catholic children living in the village area of the town. Both projects were built in close proximity to the Parish Church of SS. Peter and Paul.
In the year 2000 the Gràdiniţa opened with 45 children (5yr olds) on roll and as numbers have increased year on year the Gràdiniţa now caters for 4 classes with approx. 70 children some of whom are Orthodox. Two Sisters work in the Gràdiniţa.
Like the Gràdiniţa the Convent is situated in the village area. Overlooking the convent is Perchui Hill on which a huge cross (33metres high) was erected in the year of the millennium to represent the 33 years of Christ’s life on earth. The cross which is always lit-up at night is a constant reminder to the people of Oneşti of Christ’s everlasting presence with his people.
At present there are 3 Sisters in community. As well as ministering to the the very young in the Gràdiniţa, a Sister offers support with English lessons to some of the youth in the parish. Along with these ministries the Sisters are involved in various parish activities including home visits, elderly club, and the work of the S.V.P.