Since 1970, the Archdiocese has staffed a missionary presence in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. Father Gregory Schaffer serves as Pastor at the inner city Parish of Jesucristo Resucitado, a parish with tens of thousands of people within its parish boundaries.
The parish community is challenged by high unemployment, chronic violence, and malnutrition amongst the elderly and children. The parish maintains a church, six chapels, a food kitchen, a medical clinic, medical laboratory, and dentist office. It also provides Educational Assistance in the form of scholarships and vocational classes at the parish and Emergency Assistance in the form of medicines and medical exams.
The parish celebrates daily Masses and confession (when possible, following Covid restrictions) and serves the spiritual as well as the physical needs of the people. With the dire economic crisis in Venezuela, needs continue to grow at the Venezuelan Mission.