When you support the Augustinian missions of Peru, you are educating more young Peruvian men to become the priests of tomorrow. We first embarked on this journey when Saint John XXIII asked the Augustinians to evangelize Northern Peru in 1963. The late Bishop John McNabb, O.S.A., then went on to build the Diocese of Chulucanas. Now look how far we've come!
When the Augustinians agreed to serve as missionaries in Peru, the goal was to build the local Church with vocations native to Peru. This way, the Augustinian Order would eventually be self-sustaining and perhaps even an independent Augustinian Province.
Well, we're almost finishing that mission.
Right now, there are only four Augustinian missionaries still serving in Peru: Bishop Dan Turley, O.S.A.; Fr. John Lydon, O.S.A.; Fr. Richard Palmer, O.S.A.; and Fr. John Tyma, O.S.A. Bishop Bob Prevost, O.S.A. has also been assigned to serve in a different diocese, the Diocese of Chiclayo, Peru.
Now while the missionaries from North America have decreased in presence, this mission is almost completely in Peruvian hands. Earlier this year, 14 Augustinian Novices professed their first vows in Lima. At the same time, 22 new novices began their novitiate year. The novitiate is in our Lima community, but is composed of all the Augustinian Provinces and Vicariates of Argentina, Bolivian, Brazil, Chile, and Peru.
This past year we supported the Augustinian missions of Northern Peru with $397,000. These funds support Augustinian formation, our impoverished parish in the Andes Mountains, our support of the Diocese of Chulucanas, and the many programs we have to serve the poor. All of these monies were raised by your financial support.
By contributing $1,000 a year (or $85/month), you can sponsor one day of all our activities! We recognize all our donors that contribute $1,000 annually by enrolling them in the Augustinians' One Mind, One Heart Society. One Mind, One Heart Society members receive a handsome lapel pin and invitations to special Augustinian events throughout the year. Click the link below to learn more about how you can support the Augustinian missions of Peru by enrolling in the One Mind, One Heart Society.