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.
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.
At 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]
You can still donate to support our missions and the people of Chimbote.
2019 Peru Mission Dinner Video
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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.