The Augustinians began their missionary service in Peru in 1963 at the request of St. John XXIII for religious orders in the United States to evangelize Latin America. One year later, John C. McNabb, O.S.A., began leading the Prelature of Chulucanas, which has since been elevated to the status of the Diocese of Chulucanas. The diocese is now led by Bishop Dan Turley, O.S.A., who was one of the earliest Augustinian missionaries to serve in Peru. On May 25, 2014, the Diocese concluded its year-long jubilee anniversary.
The Augustinians are supporting two primary missionary efforts in Peru: to build the native Augustinian Order and to support the Augustinian-led Diocese of Chulucanas. The area is extremely impoverished, and the Augustinians turn to our donors in the United States and Canada for support. We are grateful for the hundreds of thousands of Peruvians our donors have helped support for the past 50 years. Their lives have certainly been changed for the better in the name of Christ.
The anniversary celebration hosted the Most Rev. James Green, the Apostolic Nuncio to Peru, among many other visitors from around the world. Bishop John McNabb, O.S.A., was able to return for the festivities, as well as other representatives from the Midwest Augustinians, including Fr. Bob Prevost, O.S.A., Fr. Jack Dowling, O.S.A., Michael Gerrity, and Patrick Murphy. During the week-long celebration, the Augustinians also celebrated the priestly ordination of their brother, Reydin Alvarado, O.S.A.
Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support of the Augustinian missions in Peru! Please enjoy these photos from the jubilee!