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.

Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors

Chimbote Children

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

Ferry Electric

Chimbote Children

Chimbote Benefactors ($1000-2499)

Catholic Cemeteries

Jean Comber

Saint Wendelin School

Chimbote Children

Called to Service ($500-999)

A. G. Martini & Company

Peter Diulus, ChFC

Gateway Engineers


Partners of Peru ($300-499)

A. G. Mauro Company

Fagan Sanitary Supply

Thank You to Our 2020 Donors

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Adamonis

Ms. Judy Adams

Mr. and Mrs. Gerard E. Beer

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Beri

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Bobish

Mr. and Mrs. Keith S. Boyce

Ms. Margaret S. Boyle

Mr. Eric P. Campagna

Mr. John G. Carberry

Deacon and Mrs. Rick J. Caruso

Catholic Cemeteries Association

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Colia

Mrs. Jean F. Comber

Mr. James Concelman

Mr. John G. Cvetic

Mr. and Mrs. Jack F. Daly

Mrs. Christina Damon

Reverend Thomas E. Dansak, STM

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Dickerson

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Diulus

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Donohue

Mr. George C. Dorman

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Dulski

Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Evans

Fagan Sanitary Supply

Mr. James Fanning

Mrs. Mary Carleen Ferry

Ferry Electric Company

Ms. Sandra H. Foody

Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Freker

Ms. Jean L. Gabor

Mr. and Mrs. David E. Gartner

Gateway Engineers

Mr. Frederick Gimbel

Ms. Gail Greenfield

Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Grefenstette

Reverend John L. Gudewicz, M.Div.

Deacon and Mrs. Albert E. Heiles, Jr.

Holy Child Council # 12043

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Jezerc

Mr. Jesse Joyce

Dr. and Mrs. Patrick M. Joyce

Mr. Doug Kellar

Mr. Joan L. Kilgore

Mr. Charlton Kilgore

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

Ms. Judith A. Langdon

Ms. Jooyoung Lee

Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo Luckow

Mr. Jim Luteran

Ms. Mary Mahinske

Mr. James Maochi

Dr. and Mrs. Donald Marinelli

Mr. Michael Marshalek

A. Martini & Co, Inc.

The A. G. Mauro Company

Mr. Desmond P. McCarthy

James W. McCarthy, Esq.

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

Reverend Albin C. McGinnis

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

Deacon and Mrs. Gary Molitor

Ms. Cathy Morrida

Deacon and Mrs. Tim F. Noca

Dr. Monica M. Null

Mrs. Megan Roos Patterson

Mr. Andrew L. Pleva, Jr.

PPG Industries Foundation

Dr. and Mrs. Giovanni Puppo

Mr. Joe Quigley

Deacon and Mrs. John E. Ragan

Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Rettger

Mr. Richard R. Roos

Ms. Gretchen L. Roos and Mr. Scott Lane

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

Mr. Greg J. Roos

Mr. and Mrs. John Rosser

Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Sabol

Saint Isidore the Farmer at Saint Columbkille Parish

Saint Wendelin School

Mr. and Mrs. David J. Saville

Miss June M. Schaut

Mr. Matthew Schmidt

School Sisters of St. Francis

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Selep

Ms. Evy Severino

Ms. Bridget Spitznagel

Mr. and Mrs. James C. Stalder

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Summerscales

Mr. Michael Tabak

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. Thomas J. Ward

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

Deacon Patrick G. Wood

Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Woshner

Yohe Roofing Inc.

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

Friends of Gary Shanahan from Indiana, PA

The Family of Gerald P. Comber

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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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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