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Diocese of Pembroke and the Archdiocese of Lima Partnership PDF Print E-mail
children-in-lineThe Diocese of Pembroke is now committed to a formal initiative of answering the scriptural question “Who is my neighbour?” We invite you to be part of this learning and growing process.

This is a response to the direction of the Apostolic Exhortation, Ecclesia in America (1999) to “express the unity [existing between North and South America] and point to that closer bond which the peoples of the continent seek and which the Church wishes to foster as... the communion of all in the Lord.”

limaSolidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good… to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all. —Pope John Paul II

As a concrete response to this call, a “twinning” partnership has been established between the Diocese of Pembroke and the Archdiocese of Lima, Peru. This partnership will involve communication between the two dioceses at all levels. There will be visits back and forth, exchange of ideas and resources, and many other aspects.

What is Twinning?

Twinning is “an experiential learning process for the entire community to develop a Christ-centered, mission-oriented diocese that will bring together parishioners here with people in another area of the world in an active, mutual and ongoing faith commitment. It aims to bind people together spiritually, culturally, and in a mutual sharing of resources.”

Like fraternal twins, the two dioceses belong to the same family—the Catholic church—yet they look different from one another. They are different sizes and colors, they have different cultures, they bring different gifts and needs to the common table and they depend on one another for growth. One may need material growth, and always there is the need for mutual spiritual growth. One may be in a diocese just over a hundred years old—one may be a diocese founded in the 1400s.

Our diocese may have some new or refurbished churches, enough for everyone to worship—a partner diocese may struggle to build enough chapels or churches so that everyone can be served. One diocese may be home to several thousand families; the partner diocese may have parishes that count their members in the tens of thousands.

For most North American parishioners, the diocese and parish are one part of their lives, while in Peru, the parish is the very center of most parishioners’ lives.

Facts about the Archdiocese of Lima

“A church of profound spiritual wealth and enormous material need.” (Bishop Smith)

  • Established: February 12, 1546
  • Number of Catholics: over 6,000,000
  • Parishes: 114
  • Size of some parishes: 100,000 people
  • Catholics per priest: 5,128

Project to improve the nutritional state of the children from the urban areas of Chorrillos, Lima

General objective: To improve the nutritional health of children and educate their mothers in the areas of nutrition and hygiene, from the district of Chorrillos, in the Archdiocese of Lima, Peru, through the development of a preventive food and educational program. This project will improve the nutritional health of 1000 children in the parishes of Cristo Misionero and Santa Catalina de Siena over the course of three years.

 

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