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.
2021 Mission Information
Because of the ongoing pandemic in Peru, there will not be a Mission in 2021.
Next meeting will be in August 2021. Check back for update on time and place
Mission 2019 Video/Presentations
History of Sister Parish Ministry
HNPToday Articles about the St Francis Sister Parish Ministry
Happening Now: our annual scholarship drive
- May 30 – June 22, 2021
- Find out more here
- Thank you for your support!
Update – Summer 2021
As a reminder, while it is summer here in Virginia, it is winter in Villa Maria del Triunfo outside of Lima, Peru, where our Sister Parish, Santa Ana, is located. Keep in mind that most of the parish is located on steep desolate hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean, that were, until 35 or so years ago, an unused part of a huge ranch – – until impoverished homeless people ‘invaded” in an attempt to build a better life ( “Nuevo Progreso” or New Progress”) for themselves and their children. In 35 years much progess has been made, but a large percentage of the people living there still struggle to survive. The climate in summer is hot and extremely dusty. In winter, the abodes of most of the parishioners lie directly in the path of cold fog / precipitation blowing in from the ocean. Generally, the higher up the hill you live, the poorer you are, and the impact of the cold is that much greater. In addition, rampant anemia, parasitic infections, and a multitude of other health problems, exacerbated by poverty, asthma and other respiratory diseases plague the children- and the struggle has been made extraordinarily more difficult by COVID: Lockdown means no work, no money, no food – – and what about education?
Peru is now in its second wave of of infections and as a result, the country now suffers from the highest number of excess deaths in the world relative to population.
Fr Tony (Santa Ana’s Pastor) said in a recent email “…there are a lot of people dying all around us. We purchased oxygen tanks and they are constantly being loaned out. They just started vaccinations here and it is chaos..”
In addition to assisting parishioners with food and medical assistance, one of Fr Tony’s primary goals is to keep the excellent parish school (K-11) going during this difficult time. It is the way to a promising future for these children.
Hopefully you have seen the announcements about the ongoing scholarship campaign (May 30 – June 23) in the bulletin, E-newsletter, etc. We, the people of Saint Francis, have assisted the school since 2008 – – and our support this year is more important than ever. To learn how you can help, please click here.
Over the years, St Francis Parishioners have been extremely generous in their support of our brothers and sisters at Santa Ana. Any gift you can offer will, collectively, have a big impact in helping Santa Ana parishioners get through this difficult time.
The St Francis Sister Parish Ministry
Sister Parish Mission Support
From October 2007 through April 2020 St. Francis parishioners have contributed over $434,000 to our Sister Parishes for a wide variety of projects ranging from scholarships to construction of food kitchens, chapels, schools, clinics, and microloans, to mention a few.