Father Christopher C. Steinle, O.S.A., recently returned to Latin America in his new ministry as an Augustinian missionary to the Province of St. Michael, headquartered in Quito, Ecuador. Father Steinle began this service in February following several years of ministry for the domestic needs of the Midwest Augustinians’ Province.
Father Steinle had previously served as an Augustinian missionary in both Peru and Bolivia. His recent assignment to Ecuador will help rebuild the Augustinian presence in Ecuador, which has declined in recent years. He recently wrote back to the Augustinians in the United States saying that he has arrived safely and has moved into the monastery with three other Augustinian friars so far. “On Ash Wednesday, I went out into the street in front of our monastery after Mass to distribute ashes to passers by,” says Fr. Steinle. “Photographs from the two major newspapers took my picture and so I was in the papers on Thursday [see picture above].” Father Steinle awaits his interview with Archibishop Fausto Travéz Travéz, O.F.M., of Quito.
Please pray for Fr. Steinle on his new journey!