Sister ParishThe Holy Christ of Escuipulas Parish in Chinique Guatemala
St Ambrose maintained a sister parish link to San Gaspar Parish in Chajul, Guatemala for 8 years while the parish was led by Father Santos Perez Martinez. Father Santos has visited St Ambrose on three different occasions over the last 8 years. In January 2015 Father Santos was transferred to Chinique and St Ambrose chose to follow Father Santos there, although St Ambrose will continue to sponsor 13 students in San Gaspar Chajul until they complete their studies.
The parish in Chinique is new; although the church is more than 400 years old and the community is a very faithful and engaged one, Chinique had no priest of its own until Father Santos arrived. The parish also owns an old community building and both the church and community buildings are in poor repair. St Ambrose is helping to raise some of the money needed to support parish volunteers who are restoring both buildings and will sponsor students in Chinique as those presently sponsored in Chajul graduate.
Father Jim O’Leary, the pastor at St Ambrose, visited Central America many years ago. He reminds all of us that we are part of a universal church that is in communion across national borders and that its important to offer encouragement and solidarity to one another. We offer Chinique monetary support and they inspire us with their gratitude and steadfast commitment to our faith.
Bruce Martin and Vicki Nelson help St Ambrose maintain close contact with its sister parish by visiting there two or more times each year. Two delegations from St Ambrose visited Chajul during the last 8 years and future delegation visits to Chinique and another visit by Father Santos are being planned.
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