This trip to Chimbote was an unforgettable journey where I grew in my faith with God and witnessed the locals’ lifestyle on their level of living. The trip provided a grounding feeling of gratitude towards what I have been gifted in life in terms of my family’s care for me, health, and future potential as a physician.
Three 8th-grade students at Holy Trinity School in Robinson first heard about the diocesan mission in Chimbote through their school. Intrigued by what they learned, these 13-year-old girls decided they wanted to do something more for the mission.
During July, 16 members of the Pittsburgh Diocese traveled to our mission in Chimbote, and two of them were repeat visitors. This was the third trip for Deacon Frank Szemanski of Prince of Peace Parish, and the second trip for Linda Piso of St. Mary of Mercy Parish in Pittsburgh. Both Frank and Linda say their experience in the desert city of Chimbote is something they won’t ever forget.
Some would call it fate. Others would call it a lucky coincidence. But for the faithful, this story is, at the very least, about Divine Providence…and maybe even a miracle or two.
Sr. Mary Margaret explains how our support and service to the poor in Chimbote enables them to see the face of Jesus, our Savior, in their every day circumstances.
Foundation board member Gretchen Roos received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Papal Honor on September 24 from Bishop David Zubik. The award is the highest honor that can be awarded to the laity by the pope.