Fund the Building of a Presbytery for a New Parish in Guatemala
The Parish of Sexan, established in January of 2021, is situated in northeast Guatemala in a remote and underdeveloped region in the hill country. Not one of the 21 villages belonging to the parish has electricity or a telephone. The people here belong to the indigenous Kekchi tribe, one of the Mayan ethnic groups in the country. They live on the margins of modern society and are disadvantaged in many respects.
The priest who is ministering to the parish lives a long way away in the neighboring parish. It takes him an hour and a half to reach Sexan parish, and an additional three hours to reach some of the remotest villages in the parish.
At present, there are 714 Catholic families in the parish. Thanks to the pastoral work being done, however, many other families are starting to return to the Catholic faith. The need for spiritual accompaniment is immense, but owing to the physical distance, it is simply not possible for the priest to provide the kind of intensive spiritual accompaniment they really need.
The people themselves have raised money for a new parish house, but they are very poor, living mainly by cinnamon production and barely managing to make ends meet. We have promised a contribution of $12,700, so that the priest can actually live in the parish and be closer to his people.
Will you help fund the building of a presbytery for this very new parish in a remote area of Guatemala?
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