“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Fund the Training of Catechists in Peru’s Andes Mountains
The prelature of Chuquibambilla lies high in the Andes, in one of the poorest regions of Peru. Fourteen priests currently work here under difficult conditions, and the 100,000 Catholics they serve are dispersed among many small, isolated settlements. The distances are large, and the roads are bad. There is often no electricity, telephone service, or Internet. In the rainy season, many of the roads are impassable due to flooding.
Given these conditions, many of the villages are only rarely visited by the available priests, so the work of lay catechists in the Andes becomes even more important. They prepare the faithful for reception of the Sacraments, instruct them in the faith, and pray together with them.
But before the catechists can do any of this, they must have a sound understanding of the faith. The prelature has established a series of training courses in order to equip these volunteer catechists with the knowledge necessary for their work. Some of them cannot read or write and must first take a course in basic literacy, using materials printed in the local Quechua language.
All of the prelature’s parishes are sending candidates for these courses. This is vital work, since the life of the Church in this region would be unthinkable without the presence of lay catechists.
ACN is offering to support these training courses with a contribution of $16,200.
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