Experience Columban Mission in Peru!

May 3, 2012

Upcoming Dates:

-Currently accepting applications for Fall Advocacy Internships (Washington, D.C.) www.columban.org/989/columban-center-for-advocacy-and-outreach/ccao-advocacy-internship-application/

-6/3/12  Summer D.C. Advocacy Internship begins

-2012 U.S.-Mexico Border Mission Exposure trips.  Open dates for group visits: July 8-14, September 1-8, September 16-22, October 28– November 4, November 25– December 1, December 9– 15. www.columban.org/2489/regions/juarez-el-paso/juarez-updates/mission-exposure-program/

Have you made your summer plans yet?  Consider our mission trip to Lima, Peru from July 12-23 to meet Columban missionaries and the communities we serve, experience a cross-cultural faith encounter, and visit local historical and cultural sites.  The group will be limited to four participants to maintain an intimate environment and ensure the group has a transformative personal experience.

Ariel Presbitero, U.S. Lay Mission Coordinator, will lead the trip.  As a former Columban lay missionary who spent six years in Peru, Ariel brings a wealth of knowledge and years of experience with the Columbans to the group.  Ariel is excited about the upcoming trip saying, “We would like to share the richness of Columban mission and the reality of the local people with others.  To join a trip like this it is important to be open and flexible to the local reality and be a team player with the group.”

Here are some of the Columban projects you will visit while in Lima:

  • Centro Ecologico Lombriz Feliz (Happy Earthworm Ecological Center)– started in 2006 and involving four communities in the parish of Nuestra Señora de la Paz, this project teaches recycling, composting & producing organic fertilizer.
  • Manuel Duato School (Los Olivos)– organized by Columbans more than 30 years ago in response to the large numbers of poor families in Lima raising children with mental disabilities, the school now serves more than 500 children.
  • Warmi Huasi (San Benito)– opened by Columban Sister Mary Neylon in 1997, this women and family program promotes self-esteem in women, trains volunteers for becoming health promoters, and prevents domestic violence.

Other projects that will be visited include a home for street children, a center for special needs individuals, a center for lay formation, and the non-profit organization founded by Peruvian theologian Gustavo Gutierrez.

The cost for the twelve day trip is $750 which includes meals, lodging, and local transportation while in Lima.  Roundtrip airfare to Lima, Peru and visas expenses are not included.  Registration for the July trip closes very soon!  For more information about this or future trips, visit www.columban.org/get-involved or contact Brian Radziwill at ccaoprograms@columban.org or 301-565-4547.

If you are unable to join this trip but would like to learn more about these and other programs and how to support them, please visit our website www.columban.org/donate/ and go to “Gifts to Give.”