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Sacred Heart reaches out in El Salvador

Fr. Moisés in Morazán

Fr. Moisés Villalta, OFM Cap., Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Washington, DC, sent us word of a recent trip to his home country with members of his parish community. He writes:

“The Missionaries of St. Francis of Assisi, a group from our parish here in Washington, have just returned from its third mission trip to El Salvador. This time we were accompanied by our brothers Fr. Urbano Vasquez, OFM Cap., and Br. Juan Antonio Ortiz, OFM Cap. The mission was accompished in response to our beloved Pope Francis' invitation ‘to go and evangelize all people and to be in a continual state of conversion.’

"The mission is in the most remote territory of El Salvador, in the area called Morazán - north of St. Miguel.

UrbMoiMap"This part of El Salvador was damaged heavily during the civil war because of its mountainous terrain and its isolation from the rest of the country. Most of the people had to flee to refugee camps in Honduras and, after the peace treaty won for the country, came back to El Salvador.

"We anointed their sick and elderly, celebrated the Eucharist and Confession among them and brought some aid in the form of food and clothing prepared by the Franciscan Missionaries. It was a great experience to accompany and visit the people there and the real privilege to have touched God in the suffering and forgotten ones.

"The beauty of the mountains resembled Puerto Rico and Br. Juan Antonio reminded me often: ‘I feel like I am in Barranquitas, oh! Bonito, oh! Caguas....’ Needless to say, it was a great time in fraternity as well !!”

Thanks to our brothers Moisés, Urbano and Juan Antonio for documenting the trip and for your work among the people. We'll keep the people of Morazán in our prayers as well.


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