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Connections continue to build

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Bishop Carlos Trinidad of San Marcos visits diocese as Solidarity Partnership nears 15th year

 

EASTON, Md. — Bishop Carlos Trinidad didn’t hesitate when asked the major issues that confront the Diocese of San Marcos, Guatemala: treatment of women, lack of opportunity for young people, and malnutrition.

Then he smiled ruefully as he acknowledged an overwhelming issue that he seemingly overlooked, one that fuels the three concerns he listed. “The poverty, it is always there.” Read more »

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Latest diocesan delegation travels to San Marcos on July 21

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Father John Hynes will lead the latest delegation from the Diocese of Wilmington to the Diocese of San Marcos, Guatemala, on July 21. He will be joined by six people for the nine-day visit, which includes a meeting with Msgr. Carlos Enrique Trinidad Gomez, the new bishop of San Marcos.

In addition to Father Hynes, who is the pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Wilmington, delegates include Father Glenn Evers of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Easton, Md.; Christine Bauer of Christ the Teacher School, Glasgow; Nestor and Avelina Hernandez; Norma Lamb of Church of the Good Shepherd, Perryville, Md.; and Mary Jo Frohlich, a solidarity team leader.

Other activities scheduled include visits to parishes in El Rodeo, San Pablo and El Quetzal, the medical clinic in Catarina, Cristo Salvador School and a migrant hospitality center.

Frohlich said she hopes the delegation will help better connect the dioceses spiritually and emotionally. “It’s all about relationship. When we are in relationship, we are drawn to aid each other. This is mutually done by prayer and participation in each other’s mission.”

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Immigrants in diocese improving lives of families at home in Guatemala

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PRICES CORNER – More than 12 years in, the partnership between the dioceses of Wilmington and San Marcos, Guatemala, still produce dividends for Catholics in both countries, two priests said earlier this week.

Father Silverio Chum, pastor of San José in El Rodeo, Guatemala, is back in Wilmington through Nov. 3. One of the parishes he visited was St. Catherine of Siena, whose pastor, Father John Hynes, has been to San Marcos several times. Father Hynes served as the translator for Father Chum. Read more »

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Guatemalan visitors encourage immigrants to keep their faith and culture

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 WILMINGTON — A Solidarity Partnership has linked Catholics in the dioceses of San Marcos, Guatemala, and Wilmington since 2003. That connection was renewed when a Guatemalan priest and sister nine days here at the end of April and said the Catholic communities are more alike than people might think.

“The two dioceses share pastoral and social ministries. We have different realities, but we share our ministries,” said Sister Bernarda Rojas, director of diocesan social ministry in San Marcos.

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