Wilmington Diocese sends Two Delegations to San Marcos.
On July 18, eight delegates from the Wilmington Diocese will embark upon a nine-day delegation to our sister diocese of San Marcos in Guatemala. This will be followed by another delegation of eight persons on July 27. Our two dioceses have engaged in a solidarity partnership for over ten years. Delegate and Team Leader Mary Jo Frohlich (of Sacred Heart Parish, Chestertown, MD) will accompany both delegations. All delegates except where noted are from Ss. Peter & Paul in Easton, MD. Fr. Glenn Evers, associate pastor at Ss. Peter & Paul, notes that some delegates are affiliated with the school and some with the parish and “we are doing this as a joint venture of the parish and school together. So we see ourselves as a united team to benefit both bodies.” What a blessing to have so many folks from one community say “Yes!” to participating in a delegation!
Participants in the first delegation affiliated with Ss. Peter & Paul school are Sharon Spence and Karen McLaughlin. Affiliated with the parish are Linda Steinmiller, Toni Jennings, Michael Brady, and Barbara Brady. Katie Lowman is a teacher and parishioner at Ss. Peter & Paul.
On the second trip, delegates include Fr. Glenn Evers, Theresa Metelski, Ken Schisler, John Lovell, Tasha Trusty, all of whom are associated with both the parish and the school. Also joining this delegation are Diocesan Solidarity Committee members Joan McConnell (Resurrection Parish, Wilmington) and Bill Mitchell (St. Margaret of Scotland, Newark).
The agenda for the delegations includes a visit to a parish we’ve not visited before, Los Tres Reyes at El Tumbador, as well as visits to Finca Nueva Buena Vista to catch up with some scholarship recipients, and visits to medical clinics and more!. And the second delegation will be present for the inauguration of a new clinic, 20 de Octubre, which was funded by the kind parishioners of St. Margaret of Scotland, Newark.
Look for some reflections from the delegates in the next e-newsletter in August!
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 Mary Jo Frohlich of the committee, at [email protected]
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