Sister Parish, Inc.

delegation2020flyer-1Virtual delegation
(November 15 – 21, 2020)

Come and connect in a new way, with a Sister Parish delegation for our new reality.  Join us for our first ever Virtual Delegation November 15-21, 2020. Despite the distance, we will strengthen our faith and our solidarity.

Tierra Nueva 2 distributes third round of food aid / Tierra Nueva 2 distribuye tercera ronda de apoyo alimentario

In Chinautla, the Sister Parish committee is continuing to organize and deliver food aid in their community. The committee has prioritized people with special needs, elders, and single mothers, as well as families living in more precarious conditions deep in the steep ravines of the community.

instaSt. Joan of Arc Solidarity Walk / Caminata Solidaria de Santa Juana del Arco

On October 4, 2020, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, hosted a socially distanced Solidarity Walk to benefit the Sister Parish. It was a beautiful, sunny day for a walk. 


Solidarity Walk 2020

We are planning virtual and socially distanced Solidarity Walks this year.  There are many ways to participate, whether by organizing a walk in your community, sponsoring your partner community, and/or joining us virtually in December (more details coming soon).

Zoom with Miriam – Video

See the video of our Zoom conversation with Miriam López of CORDES and Sister Parish about how communities in El Salvador are organizing in the pandemic, specifically on the issue of violence against women.  Consecutive interpretation is provided in the video.

Zoom with Dina – Video

Dina Velásquez, President of the cooperative and community center UPAVIM in Guatemala, talked to us about the reality of the pandemic for UPAVIM and also addressed faith and solidarity in times of crisis.  The video is posted on our blog with consecutive interpretation.

SP update – August

Regional Coordinator Brian Tyler shares a brief update about how the communities in Guatemala are doing in the midst of the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus emergency. Also see pictures and more information on our blog.

Emergency aid

We are raising funds for relief for Sister Parish communities affected by the coronavirus emergency in Guatemala and El Salvador. Follow our blog to see examples of how Sister Parish communities are using the aid to make a difference in their communities.

A doctor’s perspective

Carlos Orellana, a doctor in a rural clinic in Chalatenango, shares his perspective and his experiences during the pandemic. “The past month in quarantine has been difficult. In the very beginning, as a doctor, I thought we would be able to control the pandemic…”

Moving to virtual hugs

We are finding new ways to connect despite social distancing. We have participated in Bible studies, patron saint festivals, and committee meetings. We continue to share our joys and our struggles.  Contact staff to set up an activity for your relationship.

Sister Parish update – May

The video by Carrie Stengel includes an update on the pandemic in Sister Parish communities in Guatemala and El Salvador as of May 2020.  Carrie also updates us on community-based relief efforts to support the people most negatively impacted by the measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

New to Sister Parish?

Welcome!  We are looking for U.S. churches interested in forming a long-term partnership with Central America.  Outside of the pandemic, we also organize delegations for the public and for U.S. churches and universities. Sign up for our e-news or contact us for more information.