Peru Mission Dinner – Impact of Coronavirus Your Support Needed

Our 2020 Chimbote Mission video is now available.

Please click the below button to make a donation to provide critical medical help to our brothers and sisters in Chimbote. Thank you to all of those who participated by viewing our video and supporting this worthy cause through their generous donations and prayers.

55th Annual Peru Mission Dinner – Critical Need for Your Support

In lieu of our planned October 13, 2020 annual dinner, we have prepared a special video presentation featuring updates from Chimbote Mission co-founders, Sister Margaret Mary Birchmeier and Sister Lillian Bockheim; observations from long-time Chimbote Mission supporter, Mike Clark of WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, and special remarks from Bishop David Zubik. Please view the video at your convenience and consider a donation to the Mission in this especially difficult time.

The impact of the Coronavirus is being felt throughout Peru, and the poor are particularly hard hit. Your prayers for their health and well-being are especially needed.

Thank you, stay safe and God bless you.

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Support the Bridge of Love & Hope

By Bob de Witt, Pittsburgh Catholic Online, November 6, 2020

Supporters are being asked to again open their hearts to help the poor of Chimbote, Peru, who are suffering greatly in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Diocese of Pittsburgh began building a “bridge of love and hope” to Chimbote nearly 60 years ago when visiting priests saw a pressing need to provide health care to migrants and help address a high infant mortality rate.

The Chimbote Foundation’s Virtual Dinner was a tremendous success, raising $96,096! Thank you to all who participated in our first virtual event!

Please mark your calendar now for our next Chimbote Foundation Dinner on Thursday, October 7, 2021.


Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors


Bridge of Love and Hope ($2500-$4999)

Mr. John G. Carberry

Mr. Kenneth A. Roos and Ms. Beth C. Hutter

Ferry Electric Company

Mr. and Mrs. Mark D. Roos

Dr. and Mrs. Eugene D. McCarthy, Ph.D.

Ms. Gretchen L. Roos and Mr. Scott Lane

Chimbote Benefactors ($1000-2499)

Catholic Cemeteries Association

Saint Wendelin School

The A. G. Mauro Company

Mr. and Mrs. Keith S. Boyce

Mrs. Jean F. Comber

Mr. and Mrs. Jack F. Daly

Mrs. James Ferry

Mr. Herb R. Hungerman

Mrs. Joan L. Kilgore

Mr. Desmond P. McCarthy

Reverend Albin C. McGinnis

Reverend Thomas R. Miller, M.Div., M.A.

Deacon and Mrs. Tim F. Noca

Dr. Monica M. Null

Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Rettger

Mr. Greg J. Roos

Mr. and Mrs. John Rosser

Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Sabol

SS. Peter & Paul School, Beaver

Called to Service ($500-999)

Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Grefenstette

Ms. Stephanie Ruffner

Mr. and Mrs. David E. Gartner

Dr. and Mrs. Patrick M. Joyce

The Gateway Engineers, Inc.

A. Martini & Co, Inc.

School Sisters of St. Francis

Knights of Columbus – Our Lady of Olives Council # 3907

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Diulus

Mr. James Fanning

Deacon and Mrs. Albert E. Heiles, Jr.

Mr. Mark J. Homyak

Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kozar

Mr. James Leeper

Ms. Mary Mahinske

Very Reverend Joseph M. Mele, VE, Ph.D.

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. O’Brien

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Ward

Most Reverend William J. Winter, S.T.D.

Partners of Peru ($300-499)

Archangel Gabriel School

Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Woshner

Yohe Roofing Inc.

Fagan Sanitary Supply

Yohe Roofing Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Donohue

Ms. Sandra H. Foody

Mr. Charlton Kilgore

Reverend John A. Marcucci, S.T.L., M.A.

Thank You to Our 2020 Donors

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Adamonis

Ms. Judy Adams

Mr. and Mrs. Max Alfery, Jr.

Ms. Megan W. Barca

The Honorable and Mrs. Jeff E. Beckham

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Beres

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Bobish

Ms. Margaret S. Boyle

Mrs. Mildred Brunner

Deacon and Mrs. Stephen J. Byers

Mr. Eric P. Campagna

Deacon and Mrs. Richard J. Caruso

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Chiappa

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Clark

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Colia

Mr. James Concelman

Mr. John G. Cvetic

Mrs. Christina Damon

Reverend Thomas E. Dansak, STM

Ms. Susan DeBacco

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Dickerson

Mr. George C. Dorman

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Dulski

Mr. Greg Dyer

Ms. Beth Ann Eglberger

Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Evans

Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Freker

Ms. Jean L. Gabor

Mr. Frederick Gimbel

Ms. Gail Greenfield

Reverend John L. Gudewicz, M.Div.

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick T. Harnack

Ms. Margaret A. Hofscher

Holy Child Council # 12043

Mr. and Mrs. John Horger

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Jezerc

Mr. Jesse Joyce

Mr. Doug Kellar

Reverend Thomas W. Kunz, J.C.L.

Ms. Judith A. Langdon

Ms. Jooyoung Lee

Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo Luckow

Mr. and Mrs. James Ludwig

Mr. Jim Luteran

Mr. and Mrs. James P. Manion

Mr. James Maochi

Dr. and Mrs. Donald Marinelli

Mr. Michael Marshalek

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Marusic

James W. McCarthy, Esq.

Deacon and Mrs. Gary Molitor

Ms. Cathy Morrida

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard W. O’Keefe

Mrs. Megan Roos Patterson

Mr. Andrew L. Pleva, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Giovanni Puppo

Mr. Joe Quigley

Deacon and Mrs. John E. Ragan

Mr. and Mrs. John Reardon

Ms. Kristin Repin

Mrs. Lois Roos

Mr. Richard R. Roos

Saint Bonaventure Parish

Saint Isidore the Farmer at Saint Columbkille Parish

Mr. and Mrs. David J. Saville

Miss June M. Schaut

Reverend Joseph C. Scheib, JCL, MDiv, MA

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Selep

Ms. Evy Severino

Ms. Diane M. Shosky

Ms. Joanna Silva

Sisters of the Humility of Mary

Ms. Deborah Smith

Mr. and Mrs. James A. Soya

Ms. Bridget Spitznagel

Mr. and Mrs. James C. Stalder

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Summerscales

Mr. Michael Tabak

Mr. Gene P. Tempesta

Mr. and Mrs. David A. Truckley, Jr.

Deacon and Mrs. Richard M. Tucek

Mrs. Janet Turbish

Ms. Nancy Urban

Mr. and Mrs. Tom VanHimbergen

Ms. Dorothy M. Voith

Deacon and Charles J. Vukotich, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Brad J. Werley

Deacon Patrick G. Wood

Reverend Albert Zapf

Mr. and Mrs. Jim J. Zielinski

2020 Memorial Gifts

In honor of Fr. Gerald Lutz (All Saints Men’s Club) — Saint Bonaventure Parish

In memory of Gary Shanahan — The Honorable and Mrs. Jeff E. Beckham

In memory of Gary Shanahan — Mrs. Mildred Brunner

In memory of Gary Shanahan — Ms. Susan DeBacco

In memory of Gary T. Shanahan — Mr. Greg Dyer

In memory of Matthew Clark — Ms. Margaret A. Hofscher

In memory of Gary Shanahan — Mr. Mark J. Homyak

In memory of Jack & Rose Mele — Very Reverend Joseph M. Mele, VE, Ph.D.

In memory of Matthew Clark — Mrs. Joan L. Kilgore

In honor of Gary T. Shanahan from your family @ Shanahan Transportation

In memory of Gary Shanahan — Ms. Diane M. Shosky

In memory of Gary Shanahan — Mr. and Mrs. James A. Soya

For the Mission of Pat & Rita Joyce & In memory of Teresa Ruth Salinas Altuna — Mr. Gene P. Tempesta

In loving memory of Teresa Salinas Altuna

In memory of Gary Shanahan — Mr. and Mrs. Brad J. Werley

Friends of Gary Shanahan from Indiana, PA

The Family of Gerald P. Comber

In honor of Eugene McCarthy’s 78th Birthday

Wrap Up from the 54th Annual Peru Mission Dinner

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, during our 54th Annual Peru Mission Dinner, the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Chimbote Foundation joyously celebrated the 100,000th birth at the maternity hospital! It was a night to remember as we honored life – the life-giving, life-sustaining and life-affirming ministry of our Catholic medical missionaries in Chimbote, Peru.

Our dear friend of Chimbote, Mike Clark, distinguished news anchor for WTAE-TV, volunteered, once again, to be our dinner’s Master of Ceremonies. Recent mission teams served as Dinner Hosts. They, too, have witnessed and shared the heartwarming stories of this amazing “Bridge of Love and Hope” that links two continents, two diocese and two peoples, all one in Jesus Christ.

Bishop LetterAt the 2019 dinner, we heard from Chimbote what the schoolchildren and families of Pittsburgh have been able to accomplish when our hearts open to the call of Jesus in Saint Matthew’s Gospel, “Whatever you did for one of these least of mine, you did it for me!” [Mt 25:40]


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2019 Peru Mission Dinner Video

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The Poorest of the Poor in Chimbote Thank You for Your Prayers and Support!

Photos from the 2019 Annual Dinner

(Click to enlarge. All the photos credit Mr. Norbert [Chip] Kelsch.)

Photos from Previous Annual Dinners

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A Beautiful, Uplifting Story about Catholic Faith in Action!

Attorney Gretchen Roos and Deacon Tim Noca of the Chimbote Foundation board of directors discuss a half century of help and hope offered for the poorest of the poor in Chimbote, Peru. They were interviewed recently by Father Tom Burke for the diocese’s “Catholic Education Plus” radio program on KDKA-AM.

Diocesan Mission in Chimbote, Peru

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