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Peru Ministry Newsletter highlights what St. Monica parishioners have done to serve the poor in northern Peru.

Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.

–Mt. 25:40

St. Monica Chapel in Village of Los Polvorines

In August 2006, Fr. Uhen visited St. Monica Parish in Edmond and suggested that it might be nice if we funded a chapel in a poor village near Piura. We immediately jumped on the idea and St. Monica Capilla was build with the help of missionaries from St. Monica in June 2007. Deacon Lee blessed the chapel that summer

The chapel is in Sector C of the village of Los Polvorines. This large and relatively new village is divided into three sectors and the St. Monica Capilla is in the southern most sector. The chapel is visible from the Pan American Highway.

In January 2008 a metal roof was added to the chapel, with the help of parishioner Dean Herzog. Fr. Uhen celebrated the first Mass in the chapel and Deacon Lee served as deacon. We also had a fiesta in the evening during which Fr. Uhen, Dean, and Deacon Lee participated in Peruvian dances.

Since the village and chapel are new, they will require nurturing to develop. Many marriages have to be regularized and children baptized. The presence of the chapel will help bring many into a regular relationship with Jesus.

To help establish the chapel as a pleasing place of worship, we bought 43 chairs in January.

The parish in Piura had its first stewardship fair in January. St. Monica Capilla proudly displayed information at their booth.

In April, St. Monica Parish began feeding breakfast 5 days per week to 123 children in Sector C of the village. This allows them to go to school with food in their bellies and hopefully learn better. 

In June, fourteen missionaries presented a crucifix and painting of St. Monica to the chapel.