Venezuelan Mission

Since 1970, the Archdiocese has staffed a missionary presence in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. Father  Gregory Schaffer serves as Pastor at the Parish of Jesucristo Resucitado, a parish with tens of thousands of people people within its parish boundaries.

The parish community is very poor and located in an area that suffers from high unemployment, chronic violence, and abject malnutrition that acutely affects 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, weekday Masses as well as weekend Masses (when possible according to Covid restrictions) as it strives to respond to the spiritual as well as the 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. With the dire economic crisis in Venezuela, needs continue to grow at the Venezuelan Mission.

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