Category Archives: Guatemala

Open to the living spirit – 2016 as the Year of Encounter

by Tom Pouliot Nancy Wiens, the chair of the board of Sister Parish, brought a meditation to our fall board meeting in 2015.  In the meditation she offered the following quote from Pope Francis: “When God comes, he always calls … Continue reading

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Opening minds, transforming hearts

Originally published in the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi bulletin. As part of our “Summer of Mission and Mercy,” five parishioners took time out of their summer last month to journey to Guatemala to bring good tidings to … Continue reading

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Sister Parish changed the direction of my life… What has changed yours?

by Alejandro Alfaro and Maria Van Der Maaten Alejandro “This experience changed my life” or “It’s a life changing experience” are common phrases that I do believe are overused. However, I do not hesitate to say that Sister Parish changed … Continue reading

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We are creating community

by Luis Cuyun As some of you may know, for the past few years my family and I have been active in Saint Joan of Arc’s Sister Parish committee, which has maintained a successful  relationship with the parish of  San … Continue reading

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What I’ve learned from Sister Parish

by Nancy Wiens This June, I am energized thinking about a loving community that is coming together from coast to coast to raise funds to support Sister Parish, Inc. In fact, it is the concept of community that hooked me on this … Continue reading

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God’s voice in my ears and in my heart

by Greg Huang-Dale Traveling is great fun and one of the best learning experiences I can think of. But why would anyone choose to travel to Guatemala and El Salvador, two countries still struggling to recover from violence and poverty? … Continue reading

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Come and see

by Vicki Schmidt I traveled to Central America for the first time in 1984 and I went to change the world.  I went to bring my love and help the poor.   I went to do what I understood to be … Continue reading

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North to South

by Bruce Lohmann I chose to write about our experience though a poem. The best poems for me using have parts that are clear and parts I do not easily understand.  Poems make me struggle to get the meaning, or … Continue reading

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Guatemala Representatives Meeting – February 2016

On February 20-21, representatives from Sister Parish communities in Guatemala gathered at UPAVIM for the bi-annual representatives meeting.  UPAVIM was a great host and we were all impressed by the organization and warmth with which we were received. The photos … Continue reading

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Create an alfombra (sawdust carpet) in your community

by Greg Huang-Dale This project was inspired by the community of St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the community creates an Easter alfombra (or sawdust carpet) every year.  Their partner community in Tierra Nueva II creates one as … Continue reading

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