Parish Project in Peru
In 1986 our parish priest at the time, Fr. Michael Ryan, made us aware of a parish in an area of Peru's capital, Lima, called Tahuantinsuyo. The parish there is served by Columban Missionaries (St. Columbans Mission Society), and the parish priest was a friend of Fr. Michael.
Before long Our Lady's parish had built up a very good relationship with the parish in Tahuantinsuyo and all the activities around it, organised by an order of nuns. Our contact has always been Sister Monica Lachcik who has been there 47 of the 55 years since the parish was founded.
Each month at Our Lady's we put out collection baskets at the back of church for donations, which allows us to send Sister Monica a modest but steady amount approximately three times a year.
In return, over the years we have received long letters, lots of photographs, and assurances of prayers for us all.
The sisters and parishioners run a library, a soup kitchen, a bakery which provides bread for children’s breakfasts, an elderly persons centre and residence, and take an active part in preparing children for First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Many less well-off families are also supported with the money we send, thanks to some very generous donors from our parish. Every donation is acknowledged by the Sisters. In March 2019 Sister Monica’s card said: “A few latitudes of gratitude for all you’ve done! May God continue to bless all of you with love, peace and Joy.”
Our partnership with Peru is part of our parish's commitment to solidarity with the poor and marginalised.