Solidarity Partnership


Annual “Delight Night” Event – October 24

On October 24, 2014, our Wilmington diocese will celebrate 11 years of friendship, solidarity and support with the diocese of San Marcos, Guatemala, at our annual “Delight Night” being held at Holy Family Hall in Newark. It will be a fabulous event featuring international foods, wine, beer and soft drinks, entertainment and a silent auction all for the low admission price of $25 per person.

Our diocese has helped San Marcos with clean water, educational scholarships, medical drives, stoves, emergency funds after earthquakes and hurricanes and other necessities. Check out the website below to find out more about the partnership, to buy tickets or make a donation. Thank you!

Coming October 21 –next Delegation from San Marcos!

From October 21 – 30, Padre Delfino Lopez Perez from San Marcos will be visiting the Wilmington Diocese. Padre Delfino’s parish is San Pablo, a very large one with many coffee fincas and a lot of poverty. The Christian Formation center in San Pablo is a hub of activity for the community, but it was heavily damaged in the most recent earthquake. There are many connections between San Pablo and our diocese, and we are looking forward to his visit!

The itinerary for Padre Delfino is not yet finalized. If you are interested in participating or helping out with his visit, please contact Mary Jo Frohlich at [email protected]


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]

Lay Catechist Support

Medical Needs Projects

Migrant House

Scholarships for Finca Children

Solidarity Partnership Accomplishments


Click here to read the Summer 2014 solidarity newsletter