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Sister Parish in Peru

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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

Special Collection to Support Our Sister Parish in Peru

Coming in October. Why it’s important

We are hoping to raise sufficient funds to build a security wall around the school to create a sanctuary for the students in their high crime area. We want to fund deferred maintenance, plan a friary, and supply needed vitamin supplements. These are Fr. Tony’s priorities. Learn More.

How you can help:

There are many ways to give and help break the cycle of poverty.

Online Giving

Give online here via the new online giving system. If you prefer to donate via PayPal or EFT please see the parish giving page. For PayPal be sure to check “Sister Parish” to designate the gift.

Before or After Mass:

See our display in the lobby, take an envelope and make your donation via check or cash.

By Mail

Please consider mailing a check made out to the church and annotated for “Sister Parish”

The Spring 2022 Campaign for School Scholarships

The Need

In an area with few government services, Fr. Tony Wilson OFM (a friar/ Holy Name Province) and the people of the parish have built up a vibrant parish and parish school that serves pre-K through high school. Most of the students live in shanties or very basic adobe structures, without sewer and heat to fend off the chilly and damp winters. Health issues are common, addung to the burdens of their life. It is all part of the cycle of poverty.

Education breaks the cycle.

Our Spring 2022 Goal

Our goal is to support the on-going education of 41 students through your donation to the 2022 Santa Ana Scholarship Drive. It is not a general donation (…although those are welcomed!). It is for specific needy children. The scholarships are grade-dependent and range from $140 to $550. In order to make the donor program more affordable, some   scholarships are “split” so that two donors can share the sponsorship.

We met our goal!!

The October 2021 Mission Appeal: 
An Update

Thanks to your generosity, St Francis sent almost $27,000 to aid our brothers and sisters in Santa Ana through October 2021’s Sister Parish collection – – our largest ever. Thank you!

Future Mission Information

The possibility of a 2023 Mission will be reassessed early next year.

Upcoming Meetings

Check back for update on time and place

History of Sister Parish Ministry

View pictures from our previous parish missions to Peru!

Update – Fall 2022

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 people ‘invaded” in an attempt to build a better life (“Nuevo Progreso” 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. Rampant anemia, parasitic infections, and a multitude of other health problems such as asthma and other respiratory diseases plague the children. While the waves of COVID that decimated the community for the past two years have abated, unabated high unemployment still exists and has increased the community’s poverty, and accompanying malnutrition from pre-pandemic levels. 

Sister Parish Mission Support

From October 2007 through December 2021, St. Francis parishioners have contributed over $492,000 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.

For more information on our Sister Parish in Peru, please contact us:

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