From March 7 – 11, a delegation from Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, Easton, will visit San Marcos. Led by Fr. Jim Nash, the group will meet with stakeholders in key projects that have been ongoing. Making the trip with Fr. Nash are Sharon Spence and Karen McLaughlin, both members of the Wilmington Global Solidarity Partnership committee, Charlie Fitzgerald and Michael Brady.
For the past two years, more than 70 water filters have been provided, supporting more than 200 families and this effort will be expanded. A project to build a school in the community of San Luis will also be a focus of the visit, including meetings with representatives of the diocese of San Marcos, parents, students, and the teacher. Time visiting with old and new friends is also on the agenda.
Please pray for the safety and success of the delegation, and for the continuing partnership between the dioceses of Wilmington and San Marcos, and all the members of both dioceses.
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]
Click here to read the Winter 2017 Solidarity Newsletter
Click here to read the Summer 2016 Solidarity Newsletter
Click here to read the Winter 2016 Solidarity Newsletter
Click here to read the Fall 2015 Solidarity Newsletter
Click here to read the Summer 2015 solidarity newsletter
Click here to read the Spring 2015 Solidarity Newsletter
Click here to read the Winter 2015 Solidarity Newsletter
Click here to read the Fall 2014 Solidarity Newsletter
Solidarity Partners a new volunteer opportunity through the Global Solidarity Partnership between Wilmington and San Marcos. Do you have abilities that can make other peoples 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)