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Delegados Visitan Guatemala


Christopher Posch, ofm




Dos delegaciones de la diócesis de Wilmington compuestas por diez representantes visitaron nuestra diócesis hermana de San Marcos en Guatemala del 4 al 21 de febrero

 

Aquí presentamos los comentarios de algunos de los delegados:

El Terremoto – Quetzal

“En noviembre un terremoto de 7.4 grados Richter destruyo muchas partes de nuestra diócesis hermana. Visitamos la ciudad de Quetzal donde la diócesis de Wilmington ha estado asistiendo al padre Regino en su ministerio. Parte de los caminos a las montañas estaban intransitables para nuestra pequeño bus. Ocho nos apretujamos en un jeep, los hombres atrás, las mujeres adelante. Grandes piedras y enormes agujeros hicieron la ruta un aventura tremenda, En verdad no puedo recordar ningún otro camino más tortuoso por el que haya viajado.”

“El daño a la iglesia era evidente. Su fundación se hundió en el suelo, llevándose a la iglesia el convento consigo. Entramos a la iglesia donde pedazos de vidrio, madera y yeso cubrían el piso. El crucifijo estaba tirado en un rincón, desmembrado. La casa del párroco, aunque estaba junto a la misma estructura aún estaba de pie. Había grietas en las paredes y los muebles de la cocina apenas se apoyaban. El padre Regino vive allí, sin embargo, el planea reparar la casa separándola de la ruinas.”

-Marguerite Gomes, St. Matthew, Wilmington,  DE

“Cuando fui esperaba que los caminos estuvieran mal y supe que mal era poco, que la distancia se mide en tiempo, no en millas o kilómetros. Cualquier viaje de 5 horas es considerablemente corto.”

“Fui esperando ver Esperanza, y la encontré en la caras de los niños en las escuelas, quienes vestían orgullosos sus uniformes, sus caras estaban iluminadas no por el brillo de la luz sino por si mismos. Encontré esto en los niños de la iglesia de Cristo El Salvador Centro Educativo, donde 500 niños asisten a la escuela sin tener baños con inodoros y solo hay  3 grifos de agua en toda la escuela, un bombillo y una conexión por aula con 45-50 niños en la clase sentados en bancos y escritorios que hace mucho se han desgastado. Allí vi la esperanza.”

“Fui esperando ver el rostro de Cristo, y él estaba allí. Me dio la bienvendia con los brazos abiertos, me acogió y me dio la gracias por visitarlo.”

-Diácono Luke Yackley, Good Shepherd, Perryville, MD

“Para mi la mayor impresión de nuestro viaje fueron los daños sufrido durante el terremoto de noviembre. En la ciudad de San Marcos muchos edificios fueron destruidos, incluyendo el centro diocesano.  El edificio será derrumbado. La catedral también sufrió daños pero no será tirada abajo. Muchas casa de la región fueron destruidas. Visitamos a varias familias en la ciudad y en lugares remotos cuyas casa se habían quedado sin techo y una o dos paredes en el piso. Las familias tenían suministros de emergencia y preparaban sus comidas por turnos. A pesar de sus pérdidas la gente se estaba arreglando lo mejor que podía. Sus espíritus parecían muy fuertes y no estaban solos en su perdida.”

“Vistamos  Tecun Uman en la frontera con México y la casa del Migrante dirigida por los padres Scalabrini.  Un asistente nos explicó los programas y nos llevó al rio Suchiate, por donde la gente cruza a México. El rio es poco profundo y no muy ancho así que muchos pasan en balsas de un lado al otro. El problema para los migrantes es que la policía mexicana los arresta y los devuelve a Guatemala. Cerca del 90% de los migrantes que cruzan terminan de vuelta en Guatemala. Pueden enfrentar la brutalidad policial así como de aquellos que se quieren aprovechar de ellos. Las mujeres pueden ser víctimas de explotación sexual. La casa del migrante alerta a los que quieren pasar sobre los peligros a los que se van a enfrentar. Les advierten sobre sus derechos y se mantienen en contacto con las autoridades a ambos lados de la frontera para darles asistencia y apoyo cuando quiera que la necesiten. “

-George Brubaker, PastorNuestra Señora de  Fátima, New Castle

 




Diocesan Delegation Visited Guatemala

Two delegations with ten representatives from the Wilmington Diocese visited our sister diocese of San Marcos in Guatemala from February 4 thru 21

 

Here are some accounts by some delegates:

The Earthquake - Quetzal

“In November, a 7.4 earthquake damaged many parts of our sister-diocese.  We visited the town of Quetzal where the Wilmington diocese has been assisting the pastor, Fr. Regino, in his ministry.  Part of the uphill road is impassable for our mini-bus.  Eight of squeezed into a pick-up, men in the bed of the truck and ladies in the cab with the driver. Huge rocks and deep holes made the ride a tremendous adventure. I can't recall any more tortuous road I've traveled.”

“The damage to the church was evident.  Its foundation sank into the ground, taking church and convent with it.  We entered the church where pieces of glass, wood and plaster covered the floors. The crucifix lied in a corner, dismembered.  The rectory, though attached to the damaged structure, had not fallen. There were cracks in the walls and kitchen cabinets lean a little.  Fr. Regino lives there, however, and plans to repair the house, separating it entirely from the ruins.”

-Marguerite Gomes, St. Matthew, Wilmington,  DE

“I went expecting the roads to be bad, and learned bad would be an understatement, that distance is measured in time, not miles or kilometers.  Any trip under 5 hours is considered short.”

“I went expecting to see hope, and found it in the faces of children in the schools, who proudly wore their school uniforms, whose faces were illuminated not from light shining on them but from within. I found this in the children at Cristo El Salvador Centro Educativo (Christ the Savior Education Center) where 500 children attend a school with no flushing toilets, three spigots that are the entire school’s water supply, one electric light bulb and one outlet in each classroom, with 45 – 50 children in a class sitting at benches and desks that had long since been worn out. I found hope blossoming here.” “I went expecting to see the face of Jesus, and He was there. He welcomed me with open arms, embraced me, and thanked me for coming and visiting Him.”

-Deacon Luke Yackley, Good Shepherd, Perryville, MD

“I read from book Grace For The Moment by Max Lucado, ‘if we want to see God, we must go among the broken and beaten and there we will see him.’  That one sentence sums up my feelings during my visit to Guatemala.  I saw God in the faces of the people who struggle every day just with their daily existence. They were so hospitable and gracious to us. They are full of spirit, strength and courage.”

“God is walking with them. They are willing to share what little they have.”

-Joanne Kaminski, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Bear

“For me the biggest impression from our trip was the damage and suffering caused by the earthquake of November, 2012.  In the city of San Marcos, many buildings were destroyed, including the Diocesan Center.  The building will have to be razed.  The cathedral also had damage but will not have to be torn down.  Many homes in the region were also destroyed.  We visited a number of families in the city and in very remote locations whose homes were without roofs and one or two of the walls down.  The families had emergency food supplies but were cooking their meals in makeshift arrangements.  Despite the losses, people were dealing with their situations as best they could. Their spirits seemed very strong and they were not alone in their loss.”

“Fr. Jorge of San Antonio and Fr. Delfino of San Pablo both gave us a good understanding of the challenges priests face in their ministry in Guatemala. Their congregations are scattered and difficult to reach.  They can only visit some communities of their parishes once every two months.  The priests and their communities rely on catechists in these remote groups to instruct the children and the adults, to prepare them for the sacraments, and to lead them in prayer.  The Diocese of San Marcos provides training for the catechists so they can support the ministry of the priests.  This is a grassroots system of evangelization that keeps the small remote communities in touch with the larger parish.”

“We visited Tecun Uman on the border with Mexico and the House for Migrants run by the Scalabrini Fathers.  One assistant explained the programs and took us down to the Suchiate River to see how the people cross over into Mexico.  The river is shallow and not too wide so there are many who raft across with poles to push from one side to the other.  The problem for the migrants is that the Mexican police will arrest them on the Mexican side and deport them back to Guatemala.  About 90% of the migrants who cross the river end up back in Guatemala.  They can face some brutality by the police as well as those who want to take advantage of them.  Women migrants face almost certain sexual exploitation.  The Migrant House alerts all those who pass through of all the dangers they will face.  They advise them of their rights and keep in touch with the civil authorities on both sides of the river to provide their assistance and support wherever and whenever they can.  One of their programs provides A.I.D.S. awareness for the migrants.

-George Brubaker, Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima, New Castle

 

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