Venezuelan Mission

Since 1970, the Archdiocese has staffed a missionary parish in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. Currently, two Archdiocesan priests, Fr. Gregory Schaffer (Pastor) and Fr. James Peterson (Associate Pastor), are assigned to the Parish of Jesucristo Resucitado, a parish with over 65,000 people in its boundary.

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 soup 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 and at least seven Masses every weekend 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.

Venezuelan Mission Services: 

  • Church, Parish Center and Chapels
  • Homeless - Orphan Shelter (In Partnership with a Neighboring Parish)
  • Medical Clinic
  • Medical Laboratory
  • Dentist Office
  • Soup Kitchen
  • Social Outreach Programs: Emergency Assistance - Medicines and Medical Exams, Educational Assistance - Scholarships, St. Vincent de Paul

2018 CSAF Goal Amount: $204,163

Raquel with Parish Doctor
Raquel with Parish Doctor
Leocardio, who receives Food and Medicine
Leocardio, who receives Food and Medicine

For most ministries, CSAF funds only part of their annual budget. Some ministries have other sources of funds, such as participant fees and direct donor gifts for some of their programs.