Wilmington Diocese Sends 7 Delegates to Guatemala
by Brother Christopher Posch, ofm
On July 21, 2015, Fr. John Hynes and 6 delegates from the Wilmington Diocese will embark upon a nine-day delegation to our sister diocese of San Marcos in Guatemala. Our two dioceses have engaged in a solidarity partnership for over ten years. Delegates are especially looking forward to a July 29 meeting with Monsignor Carlos Enrique Trinidad Gómez, new bishop San Marcos. They will personally extend an official welcome with signs of affection and support.
The delegation agenda includes visits to parishes in El Rodeo, San Pablo, and El Quetzal; the medical clinic in Catarina; Cristo Salvador School; and a migrant hospitality center. Other delegates include Fr. Glenn Evers, Ss. Peter & Paul, Easton; Christine Bauer, Christ the Teacher School; Nestor & Avelina Hernandez, and Norma Lamb, Good Shepherd, Perryville.
Delegate and Solidarity Team Leader Mary Jo Frohlich hopes that the delegation will “better connect us spiritually and emotionally with our sisters and brothers in San Marcos. It’s all about relationship. When we are in relationship, we are drawn to aid each other. This is mutually done by prayer and participation in each other’s mission. I believe that all will be transformed by the experience.”
Recalling his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land with some Wilmington Diocese Solidarity Team members as well as Father Toribio Pineda and Father Silverio Chum, from the San Marcos Diocese Solidarity Team, Fr. Hynes says, “It was a blessed event, filled with a constant joy and reverential awe. And yet, I must be honest with you, the land of San Marcos is a Holy Land for me… [When we go to San Marcos, we will ] meet Jesus in persons whose means and life style are even closer to first century Galilee, not only materially but in their sense of God. This is the great benefit of our Solidarity relationship: to live with a people free of materialism who judge by the values of the Gospel.”
Please pray for our delegates and our sisters and brothers in San Marcos. For further information about the partnership, please contact Br. Chris Posch at [email protected] or (302) 655-0518.
Solidarity Partners – a new volunteer opportunity through the Global Solidarity Partnership between Wilmington and San Marcos.
Do you have abilities that can make other people’s lives better? To help them be better persons, able to make their own way in life more successfully? Do you have ideas and convictions about how the world ought to be? Are you interested in other cultures and ways of life? Do you look at life from the viewpoint that God loves and accepts all people and calls you to that also?
If so, take a close look at the flyer and the application materials below. Contact Fr. John Hynes at 302-633-4915 or Al Drushler at 302-633-1977 for more information.
Long -term Volunteer Application (Word Document)
Long -term Volunteer Application Self-Reference Form (Word Document)
Long -term Volunteer Application Reference Form (Word Document)
History of the San Marcos ~ Wilmington Partnership
In April, 2003, Bishops Michael A. Saltarelli of Wilmington and Alvaro Ramazzini of San Marcos signed a partnership agreement forming a bond of friendship, spirituality, and care between the two dioceses. This covenant was a result of a series of events that began with the migration of members of the Guatemalan community to lower Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Before long, there were several thousand Guatemalans living in our diocese and most of them came from San Marcos, Guatemala.
Over several years, Bishop Ramazzini visited his flock in the Wilmington diocese and met Bishop Saltarelli. Subsequently, Bishop Saltarelli visited San Marcos and met the parents, wives, friends, and relatives of the newest members of the church of Wilmington. Out of these initial contacts and with the assistance of Catholic Relief Services, the partnership emerged.
There have been delegations to and from San Marcos during every year of the partnership. Almost everyone who visits San Marcos from the Wilmington diocese says that the experience of meeting the people of San Marcos was “life changing.” When our parishes and schools hear the stories of visitors from San Marcos, they are able to understand more clearly of the reality of life in a third world country. This strengthens our faith and our Catholic commitment to Social Justice and charity issues.
This partnership, which celebrated 10 years of friendship in 2013, has been evolving over time. Opportunities to be involved in this partnership continue to develop as time goes on. Click on the links below to read more about the projects that are ongoing, and to read about the many accomplishments so far. Contact Fr. John Hynes of St. Catherine of Siena and Chair of the Solidarity Committee (302-633-4900) for more information. Inquiries may also be directed to Br. Chris Posch of the Diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry at [email protected] or Mary Jo Frohlich of the committee, at [email protected]
Click here to read the Spring 2015 Solidarity Newsletter
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