Heart to Heart: From the United States to Peru

For 15 years, Rita Prunuske has been connecting hearts across the Western Hemisphere.  How?

In 2001, Rita helped assemble a joint effort between the Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and the diocese's newspaper The Observer.  She has been organizing the project since she visited Peru first-hand and witnessed the needs of the local children growing up in extreme poverty.  The project has since raised $66,832 to purchase school supplies for needy children in the Diocese of Chulucanas, Peru.  The diocese is led by Augustinian missionary, Bishop Dan Turley, O.S.A., who was born in Chicago.

The Augustinians have been serving the needy children of Northern Peru for decades, like the ones seen here near the Church of Pacaipampa, seen in the background of the picture.

But This Is About More Than Money

The Heart-to-Heart Project seeks contributions of at least $2, coupled with a decorated drawing of a double heart.  The hearts, with the donations, are sent to the children in Peru.  From one child's gift in the United States to another's in Peru, love can travel over 3,000 miles!

The Heart to Heart Project has raised $66,832 over the past 15 years to buy school supplies for needy children in Northern Peru

Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You!

We extend our deep appreciation to Rita and John Prunuske who have been coordinating the program for 15 years, as well as the Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and The Observer newspaper.  We also extend our sincere thanks to the hundreds who have contributed to the project for so many years!

Augustinians in Peru

The Augustinians began serving as missionaries Peru in 1964, at the request of St. John XXIII.  The Midwest Augustinians support the Diocese of Chulucanas and the growing Augustinian Order in Peru.


Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy has been working with the Augustinians in fundraising and communications since 2010. He began working with the Augustinian Vocations office in 2015. He also holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management.