57th Annual Peru Mission Dinner

Our annual dinner was held on Thursday, October 13, 2022. You can still donate.


Our 2022 Chimbote Mission Dinner honoring 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, once again volunteered to be our dinner’s Master of Ceremonies for 2022. The evening’s presentations included updates from Chimbote Mission co-founders, Sister Margaret Mary Birchmeier and Sister Lillian Bockheim, along with a personal witness from Deacon Frank Szemanski, and of course, we had special remarks from our Bishop David Zubik.

This annual night of celebration strengthens the Center of Social Works where there has now been more than 100,000 babies born at the maternity hospital, and where the health clinic is beginning to ramp up to its pre-pandemic volume of 1,000 patients per day.

2022 Chimbote Mission Video

We are incredibly thankful to Jesus for the success of the 57th Annual Peru Mission Dinner. It was wonderful to have so many Pittsburghers together to celebrate our ongoing work in Chimbote. Your support made the evening especially successful. Thank you!

During that evening, we shared a camaraderie of spirit as people drawn together by our desire to serve those less fortunate. We viewed another powerful video produced by Dr. Dennis Woytek and Mike Clark about the incredible work done in Chimbote.

Together that night, we raised more than $100,000 for serving the healthcare needs of the poor and treating them with respect and dignity as a Catholic Mission should. We also enjoyed a good and less-expensive meal helping to raise more than $8,000 in additional support for the mission.

You can still support our mission with your donation.

Thanks to mission partners like you, last year we were able to invest more than $200,000 in an Electrical Infrastructure Upgrade Project that included a generator and other critical upgrades. This year, again, due to your ongoing support, the board of the Chimbote Foundation approved an IT Renovation Project at an estimated cost of $500,000. As an example of why this too is critical, many of their current workstations are running unsupported Microsoft operating systems from the 1990’s.


Mark your calendar for next year’s dinner on Tuesday, October 10, 2023!

Thank You to Our 2022 Sponsors


Principle Dinner Sponsors

Most Reverend David A. Zubik and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

Jeff and Valerie Roos

Mission Partners ($5000+)



Friends of Chimbote ($2500+)

Beth Hutter and Kenneth Roos

Chimbote Benefactors ($1000-2499)

Gregory Roos (In Memory of Ken, Lois and Msgr. Jules Roos)

Herbert Hungerman

Saints Martha and Mary Parish

Jean Comber



Dr. John and Mrs. Julieta Uribe

Reverend Walter Dworak

Mary Carleen Ferry (In memory of James R. Ferry)

Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Mandy McCarthy

Patrons of Service ($500-999)


Carole and Mark Shepard

Mr. Edward and Mrs. Megan Grefenstette

St. Isidore the Farmer Parish

Partners of Peru ($250-499)

Anne and Joel Madison

Don and Suzy Adamonis

Peggy and Dennis Egan

Marlene and Dave Wohleber

Bill & Sue Caldwell

Dr. Patrick and Mrs. Rita Ferko Joyce

Megan Roos Patterson

Giovanna Zanardelli

Tom and Lynne VanHimbergen

Mosites Construction Company

Reverend Al McGinnis

Felician Sisters of North America, Inc.

Reverend James Torquato

Mary Beth and Bill Jenkins

Andrew Pleva Jr. and Lenee Bullick

Reverend Carmen D’Amico

School Sisters of St. Francis

Good Samaritans ($150-249)

Reverend Michael Decewicz

Mary Bulbak

Reverend Thomas Dansak

All Saints Parish

Marita Roos

Friends of the Poor ($100-149)



John Cvetic

Rita and Tom Gurganus

Noreen and Dave Saville

Ricardo and Maria D’Agostino Luckow

Mr. Richard and Mrs. Dolores Marusic

Alberto Davila

Francine Fischer

George Dorman

Janice Ackerman Kleiser

John and Denise McCarthy

Reverend Benedetto Vaghetto

Ronald & Flo Wittig (In Memory of Ken and Lois Roos)

Richard Roos

Liz Samanez

Janet Turbish

With Heartfelt Gratitude for the following table sponsors, donors, and ads


Saint John XXIII Parish

Deacon Frank and Mrs. Norma Szemanski (two tables)

Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish

Our Lady of the Valley

Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Cheryl Shanahan

Mrs. Gretchen Roos and Mr. Scott Lane (two tables)

Holy Family Parish (two tables)

Regina Coeli Parish (two tables)

Dougherty Auto Service

Mr. Richard and Mrs. Anna Rettger

Mr. Keith and Mrs. Rosemary Boyce

North Catholic High School

Ferry Electric Company

Deacon Tim and Mrs. Lisa Noca

Saint Michael the Archangel Parish

Reverend Albin McGinnis

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish

Monsignor Ronald P. Lengwin (two tables)

Milagros and Enrique Mu

Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Carol Riley

Seminarian Table Sponsors

Catholic Parish Cemeteries Association

Saints Martha and Mary Parish

St. Philip Church 

Student Table Sponsors

Catholic Family Security Association (CCA)

Mary Carleen Ferry (In memory of James R. Ferry)



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


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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