Special Thanks … Five Generous-Hearted Priests!

Twenty-four years ago, five priests of the diocese joined together and purchased a mobile home in a gated community in Florida. They vacationed there and called it “Padre Place.” They promised each other that, when they could no longer use it, they would sell it and give whatever proceeds remain to a charity.

Today, two have gone home to God – Fathers James Susany and Al Berk who died in 1999 – and the remaining three – Fathers Al Semler, Gerry Mikonis and Bill Terza – decided to gift the proceeds of Padre Place to Chimbote to help build the modern and greatly expanded clinic! Father Al was once mission director for the Diocese and has been to Chimbote.

All are mission partners. These three buddies have attended the annual Peru Mission Dinner. This year, they decided their gift would have a greater impact providing vital healthcare to the poorest of the poor. Bless their loving hearts!

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