• We began our mission in Peru in 1963 at the request of Saint John XXIII to evangelize Latin America.  The late Bishop John McNabb, O.S.A., made it his priority to focus on "building people, not building buildings."  Our focus has been on building the Peruvian clergy.  Today, our Augustinian Vicariate in Peru is almost entirely Peruvian!  There are now only three Augustinian missionaries serving from the United States:  Fathers John Lydon, O.S.A.; Richard Palmer, O.S.A.; and John Tyma, O.S.A.  Bishops Robert Prevost, O.S.A.; and Dan Turley, O.S.A., also serve in the Peruvian Dioceses of Chiclayo and Chulucanas, respectively.

 

  • This year, 22 novices entered the Augustinian novitiate in Lima.  Much like our novitiate in Wisconsin includes novices from different provinces, Lima now houses Augustinian novices from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Peru.  Fourteen men professed their first vows as Augustinians this year, and one friar from our missions in Northern Peru, Martín A. Arraiza Córdova, O.S.A., was ordained to the priesthood.

 

  • This year, the three Augustinian vicariates in Peru (Apurímac in the South near Machu Picchu, Chulucanas in the North near Ecuador, and Iquitos in the Amazon Jungle) entered into an official Federation in the Augustinian Order.  This step moves the Augustinians in Peru one step closer to becoming their own Augustinian Province.

 

  • The neediest parish we serve in our missions is in the small town of Pacaipampa in the Andes Mountains.  A few years ago, the parish began a program to offer free lunches and housing to students attending nearby grade school.  The children's parents, considered "extremely impoverished" under the standards of the United Nations, otherwise could not afford to have their children attend school.  Instead of walking a daily four hours to school, students are able to find safe housing with locals in the parish.  The lunch room provides them with all the food that their parents may not be able to afford away from home.  This past year, the program has sponsored 65 young children and still continues to find an increasing demand.

 

  • One other long-term project, the development of the first Augustinian high school of our missions in Northern Peru, is still in its developing stages.  The new "Saint Augustine High School" will be constructed in Trujillo, the country's third largest city by population.  A few years ago, Augustinians from North America assisted in funding the purchase of the land where the school will be built.  Since this time, the Augustinians have been developing a nearby elementary school branch of the future school.  The Augustinians in Peru are presently developing funding strategies to construct the school's facilities.