Sister Parish in PeruSupporting our Sisters and Brothers in Christ
Who We Are
Sister Parish is a ministry of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Community. We are dedicated to faith in action through our relationship with the people and friars of Parroquia Santa Ana outside Lima, Peru. We share our common faith by worshiping, working, standing with, and materially supporting our Sisters and Brothers in Christ
Crisis In Peru
The severity of problems facing our Brothers and Sisters in Lima is greater now then at any time since we joined with Santa Ana as our Sister Parish in 2007. An imminent third wave of COVID will further the decimation brought on by the first waves. Disastrously high unemployment, especially among the poor, and internal threats to Peru’s fragile democracy and economy have resulted in severe food shortages along with a lack of income to purchase food.
Your help is needed Now!
A video message from Fr. Tony Wilson, OFM
the pastor of Santa Ana
Pandemic Driven Hunger
Did you know: Lack of employment and Food Insecurity are the biggest problems facing our Brothers and Sisters at Santa Ana? Read this Washington Post article that speaks to issues facing people living in a world of food insecurity driven by the COVID pandemic. The people and places described in the article are within our Sister Parish.
Life in Our Sister Parish
Why this is important. Who does not remember the impact by the Covid pandemic on food security here in the United States. The evening news had stories nightly…and this was in the United States. The impact of the pandemic was particularly hard on the people of Peru… read more and see more.
The Additional Burdens
If the Covid pandemic’s effects on the people of Santa Ana were not enough – Peru has the world’s highest Covid death rate per 100,000 – and it is considered undercounted. But the people of Peru carry additional burdens of drought, unemployment and severe political instability. Did you know Peru’s fragile democracy is in peril? Read more.
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Future Mission Information
Because of the ongoing pandemic in Peru, there will not be a Mission in 2022.
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
Update – September 2021
As a reminder, while we are moving into Autumn here in Virginia, Villa Maria del Triunfo outside of Lima, Peru, where our Sister Parish, Santa Ana, is located – the first signs of Spring are on the horizon.
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 Progresso” or New Progress”) for themselves and their children. In 35 years much progress 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 such as asthma and other respiratory diseases plague the children. COVID has made the struggle extraordinarily more difficult: Lockdown means no work, no money, no food – and growing desperation.
Peru is now on the cusp of its third wave of COVID infections. The country suffered from the highest death rate in the world during the second wave.
Fr Tony (Santa Ana’s Pastor) said in a July 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. He is so grateful to the parishioners of St. Francis for the May scholarship campaign. We, the people of Saint Francis, have assisted the school since 2007 – – and our support this year was more important than ever. We were able to provide $15,885 in support of the Santa Ana school.
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.