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]
Wilmington Diocese Sends 5 Delegates to Guatemala
On June 18, Fr. John Hynes and four delegates from the Wilmington Diocese will embark upon a ten-day delegation to our sister diocese of San Marcos in Guatemala. Our two dioceses have engaged in a solidarity partnership for eleven years.
The delegation agenda includes visits to churches, schools, and medical clinics in El Rodeo and San Pablo, as well as a migrant house. Other delegates are Spring Davidson of Resurrection Parish, Wilmington; Alexandra Lehr-Maunder and Susan D. Phillips, teachers at Christ the Teacher, Newark; and Padre Cesar Gomez, Associate Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel, Georgetown.
Click here to read the spring 2014 solidarity newsletter