We were very fortunate to have students from St. Olaf College from Minnesota visiting the Alto Cayma mission from the 18th till the 26th of January 2018. The college has been visiting for quite a number of years now and we are always so happy to have them with us. The students visited people in their homes with Maria our social worker, cooked and distributed food as part of our parish kitchen, helped building a new room to complement an existing pre-school we support in one of the settlements, gave a helping hand in our clinic and another nearby clinic and went on emergency calls together with the fire brigades in Arequipa. They also visited some local clinics and hospitals besides some important attractions of beautiful Arequipa. Dr. Wayne Centrone, Dr. Robert Gehringer and Karen Falkenstein from H.B.I. all gave a very important helping hand to the group making it a very successful visit. Following are some pictures from the visit.
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Every day starts with prayer in Alto Cayma mission. You readers are also included! We are one big family.
On Saturday the 2nd of December we had a second community Baptism. We baptized 55 people, young and old. The previous Saturday, the 25th of November we baptized another 13 people.
The start of a new day welcomed by a wonderful sunrise.
Today the 15th of November 2017 we received a very important donation consisting of boxes of food, clothing and much more, sent by the very generous Maltese people through the C.A.M. (Center for Missionary Animation). The C.A.M. is an organization that keeps the Maltese community always in touch and involved in many ways with the missions the world over and especially those belonging to the Missionary Society of Saint Paul (MSSP). Thanks to Fr. Louis Mallia mssp, the center's director and his staff, we are able to reach out very far to support our people. Thank you Fr. Louis, C.A.M's staff and the Maltese people for doing such a good job!
On Friday the 10th of November the parish together with MMI organized an eye care outreach for the people of the mission. The outreach included pre-selecting patients for possible operation to be held before the end of the year. A big thank you to the MMI (Medical Ministry International - Peru) for a job very well done.
Hello everybody. I am writing today to let you all know that I am on my way back to the Alto Cayma mission in Arequipa, Peru. This is the reason for not having any news these past 6 weeks. I have been visiting family in Melbourne and Sydney in Australia. At the moment I am in Portland OR, and shall be in Alto Cayma on Sunday the 15th of October. It will be full ahead as soon as I get back. I reach in the morning and have two masses to celebrate. October is the month dedicated to the "Señor de los Milagros" which is the biggest devotion in Peru and celebrated in all cities, villages and settlements.
On the same day a group of Maltese visitors will visit the mission after touring many places in Peru.
Keep on checking the news section as more news are on the way!