“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Renovate a Formation Center in Peru
The clergy of Chuquibambilla lies high in the hills of southern Peru, at an altitude of up to 15,000 feet. This is a region of great poverty, where people must contend with poor soil and frequent droughts. Many children are orphaned; the elderly and widowed are usually left to their own devices. And violence, both physical and psychological, is all too common. Nonetheless, the faith is alive here. Even in remote mountain villages, there is a rich spirituality among the people.
100,000 people live in Chuquibambilla, and roughly 95 percent of them are Catholic. Ministering to them are 14 priests and 21 religious Sisters, who travel to the most inaccessible villages in Peru and receive no help from state authorities. They must rely on the Church for all material needs.
The region suffers from a serious shortage of priests, and efforts have been made to fill this gap. This year, 33 young people took part in a vocations program, and five men have now entered the pre-seminary stage in a neighboring diocese, since Chuquibambilla has no seminary structures of its own.
Additionally, Church leadership hopes to do more for the formation of the laity, especially for catechists, who play a crucial role in the villages. And they have also planned opportunities for families, so that the home is a more fruitful soil for spiritual life.
A suitable center is required for these activities, which include regular monthly sessions for the laity. A nearby building housed a minor seminary 45 years ago, but it has been closed for decades and has not been renovated since. We are offering to fund its renovation with $26,000.
Will you help support the formation of Peru’s faithful poor?
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