REACHING OUT TO OUR COMMUNITYSister Parish in Peru
The friars of Holy Name Province (HNP) are responsible for a parish, Parraquia Santa Ana, south of the city of Lima. They are also responsible for a large “pastoral zone” in the Lurin Valley still further south. Additionally, they staff a mission station in Satipo to the east across the Andes in Amazonia.
Video from previous parish missions:
Next meeting will be in June 2017. Date to be announced.
HNPToday Article about the St Francis Sister Parish Ministry
History of Sister Parish Ministry
As of Jan 31, 2017, applications for Mission 2017 are no longer being accepted. All openings have been filled. General information about the Sister Parish Mission program can be found under the link below.
View pictures from our previous parish missions to Peru!
Mission 2017 Vitamin Campaign (May 14 – June 4): Our Missioners traveling to Peru in July will again be carrying prenatal and children’s vitamins for the parish medical clinics at Santa Ana and in the Pastoral Zone. The children of the “squatter towns” suffer greatly from the developmental effects of poor nutrition. Children’s vitamins are expensive and hard to obtain in Peru.
➢ $10 provides prenatal vitamins for an entire pregnancy.
➢ $15 provides a child with vitamins for a year.
Donations of any amount would be appreciated. Envelopes can be found on the bulletin board on your right as you leave church.
HNPToday Article about the St Francis Sister Parish Ministry: See tab at left for link to March 29th HNPToday article titled Virginia Parishioners Prepare for 10th Journey to Peru.
Liberation Theology Presentation: Fr Joe Nangle OFM will discuss Liberation Theology with missioners at 7:00pm on Tues, May 2nd in the Parish Dining Facility. This session is open to all parishioners. Fr Joe spent many years in Peru as a pastor beginning in the 1960’s. He was closely attuned to the 1969 Medellin Conference where many of the precepts of Liberation Theology were first articulated.
Purpose of Sister Parish Ministry
The parishioners of our Sister Parish are very resourceful people. However, they have been deprived of many of the basic resources of life that we all take for granted here in the United States. Our relationships help cultivate mutual understanding and allows them to pool their scant resources and to live in dignity. Our pledge with our Brothers and Sisters in Lima calls for us:
- To pray for one another as Sister Parishes, especially at the Sunday Eucharist
- To learn more about the life our Sister Parish community through education and visits
- To cross frontiers and barriers of geography, politics, economics, race and ethnicity
- To become more just within our families, schools, work, business and political life
- To give generously to meet the basic needs of those within our country and beyond
- To advocate for the protection of life, the defense of human dignity, the care of God’s creation and the promotion of peace
Our Sister Parishes offer opportunities for involvement within the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi. The following are ways you can make a difference:
- Support our annual Special Collection to help our brothers and sisters in Lima
- Fund a specific project
- Sponsor a Catholic school student
- Provide assistance or tuition for job training
- Serve in the Sister Parish ministry at St. Francis through planning, education, publicity, communications (fluent in Spanish), or logistics and finance
Sister Parish Mission Support
From October 2007 to December 2016, fifty-four (54) St Francis parishioners have made the journey to our Sister Parishes, some of them multiple times. During that same period, our parish has contributed over $300,000 to our Sister Parishes for a wide variety of projects ranging from construction of food kitchens, chapels, schools, clinics and microloans to mention a few.
For more information on our Sister Parish in Peru, please contact Terry Danner: