El Salvador Survivors


We’re back from our second St Joseph’s Mission Trip to El Salvador. Last year I led six high schoolers with a parent chaperone, and the trip was very difficult. We lived with the poor, got very sick and endured record heat. Nevertheless, the students were all troopers and the sign that the trip was worthwhile is that most of them said, “Can we go next year?”

This year we took four boys and five girls, a parent chaperone and a St Joseph’s graduate as our translator and additional chaperone. Our visit overlapped with a visit by members of the Papal Foundation so on arrival we went straight to the capital, San Salvador, and paid a visit to the papal nuncio. The next day we toured CIDECO near the town of La Herradura in the department of La Paz. CIDECO is a wonderful project: a gated community where the poorest of the poor get a step up. They may apply to live in simple housing which they buy with loan assistance. Their children attend Mano Amigo school, there is a marketplace and a clinic and they are in the process of building St Patrick’s Church. The aim is to help them break the cycle of poverty in one generation.
We , visited homes for prayer, distributed New Testaments and prayer books, I celebrated Mass in Spanish four times, and heard confessions in Spanish. The students had a painting project, helped with English and swimming lessons, took kindergarten classes, played with the children and helped out in the clinic.
We also ate pupusas (the local speciality–corn meal patties with meat and cheese inside) visited a Mayan archeological site, went to San Salvador, visited the chapel where Abp. Oscar Romero was murdered, and finished the trip with an overnight at the beach on El Salvador’s Pacific coast.

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11153355585571358736 truthfinder

    Welcome back, Father! It never fails to move me when I read or hear about the work the Church is doing among the poor and the sick. Before I was Catholic, I had no idea of the magnitude and scope of the good the Catholic church does. I am amazed at what is accomplished by the faithful at our own little parish church. But we generally don’t hear about it because Catholics don’t consider it unusual to do these things; we’re just “being Christ” to a hurting world. (And — as a rule — we don’t “blow a trumpet” and announce our good deeds in public.)So glad you and your “team” are back safely. You remain in my prayers.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01718162592660319087 Radical Catholic Mom

    An outstanding blog to read if you are interested in El Salvador is Tim’s El Salvador Blog at http://luterano.blogspot.com/


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