Since 1970 the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has staffed a missionary parish in the City of Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. Currently, two Archdiocesan priests, Father Gregory Schaffer, pastor and Father James Peterson, associate pastor, are assigned to the Parish of Jesucristo Resucitado, a parish that covers 11 barrios with a population of 60,000 in the City of Ciudad Guayana. The parish community is very poor and is located in an area that suffers from high unemployment, chronic violence and malnutrition that affects the elderly and children.
Mission Services Include:
- 1 Church
- 6 Chapels
- Soup Kitchen
- Medical Clinic
- Medical Laboratory
- Dentist Office
- Educational Assistance Through Scholarships for Vocational Classes
- Emergency Assistance Through Medicines and Medical Exams
Since 2000, the parish has been helping the neighboring parish of San Juan Bosco run an orphanage that currently is caring for 19 homeless boys. The parish celebrates daily weekday Masses and at least seven Masses every weekend as it strives to respond to the spiritual and physical needs of the people. The parish is in desperate need of expanding its soup kitchen (the Government has closed its kitchens), providing a hospice with its medical clinic, adding bed space and starting a bakery.
The CSAF supports the Venezuelan Mission as 1 of 17 Collective Ministries served each year. Click here for the Venezuelan Mission webpage on the CSAF website – http://csafspm.org/whom-you-help/venezuelan-mission