Zone
America

America

Since the IX General Assembly (2014), the Congregation was structured in geographical Zones.

Peru

The beginnings of the Missionary Society in the long and hopeful horizon of the Missions in Peru.

The Passionist priests, express the need of the collaboration of Missionaries in order to establish themselves in Lagunas. They settle down in the Parish of Lagunas, a town located in the righthand bank of the river Huallaga, attended by two Passionist missionaries.

On March 12, 1951, they arrived at Lagunas. At that time, Lagunas District had about 8,000 inhabitants, of which 80% were Kukamillas and 20% were Mestizos and Ribereños. When they arrived, they are struck by the religious ignorance they find in people.

 

School, Internship, Dispensary, Family Visits and Catechesis were their first activities to which they dedicated themselves with their whole heart and soul. The experience showed them the marked differences between the New area and the Central area, which would require different approaches.

Soon the Apostolic visits began. In 1952, visits to ARAHUANTE for health care began. Later, the town asked for education and religious formation. The contact with the Muratos of the NUCURAY River began in 1973.

The first Peruvian vocation in the Society was Angelica Arce Rodriguez, a 19-year-old girl. Died this year, 2018.

In the decade of the 80s, the Educational Institutions of the town were in increase. Health services were in the hands of the Health Ministry.

In this way, the sisters were asked to reflect on whether our permanence in this Mission was necessary. The decision was to leave Lagunas to the Vicariate.

At the beginning, on the 23rd and 24th of January 1987, a Conference was celebrated as a POPULAR TRIBUTE OF THANKSGIVING for the 36 years of the presence of the sisters in Lagunas.

 

Communities

RESTRUCTURATION IN PERU: The need for a Realistic Planning remained latent until the VIII G. A. propose the RESTRUCTURING and start the process.
The General Government helped with appropriate materials and techniques. Until, in January 2017, in Lima, they reached the final stage.

Huampami

RIVER CENEPA: In 1971 Josefina Nieto arrives temporarily to the native community of HUAMPAMI, to implement a Peruvian Method of reading and writing the aguaruna language. In 1972 she remains the whole year accompanied by a Danish Lay person and in 1973 the first community is formed.

They also collaborate in Education, giving Spanish classes and as teachers in both, Primary and Secondary.

In 1973, the group "The Big Family" was born in response to the desire and need to train young persons to be the agents of evangelization for all the Aguarunas and Wampis of the area.

TODAY, At the beginning of this new academic year 2018, as usual, we had the Indigenous Pastoral Assembly in Chiriaco on the 16th, 17th and 18th of February with the pastoral agents of the area: catechists, religious congregations and other institutions that work in the jungle zone of the Vicariate. From this Assembly we draw out orientations to organize the overall pastoral. They were days of searching unitedly which left us happy, enriched and "with the batteries charged". Two of us also participated in the Vicarial Assembly, in Jaén.

We attended the first meeting with the native Community of Huampami convoked by the Health Center, this Institution presented us with serious health problems of the area: a considerable percentage of pregnant women who do not control themselves and prefer to give birth in their homes; high rate of anemia and child malnutrition; many parents refuse to allow their young children to be vaccinated; diabetes cases on the increase and an alarming increase in the adolescent and young population of cases of HIV-AIDS.

These last two diseases have accusations of witchcraft, even accusing personal of the health center, who, according to their indignant director, have received several serious threats.

Once a week we meet with a small Christian Community of Huampami (already formed previously), which we call "Pastoral Team", there are five members (two women and three men), with them one of us prepares the Sunday Liturgy in Huampami.

We have organized ourselves to attend the Sunday liturgies of two other Christian communities of River Cenepa: Achu and San Antonio.

We dedicate time to learn the language "aguaruna", and in spite of the great efforts there is little progress yet it does not discourage us.

Pucalpa-Macaya

This new presence in the native community, "LA PAZ", is the result of what we started as a community in 2012, within the process of Restructuring the Region of Peru.

Today, it is a new field of mission within the Church, to serve the populations that are migrating to the periphery of the cities looking for better possibilities, but they encounter greater needs and problems.

Without leaving our service to the communities of Macaya-Curiaca, we establish ourselves in the native village, "La Paz" where there is a Chapel called "Santa María del Camino".

Since we arrived and taking into account our objective, we are dedicating ourselves to visiting our mestizo (people of the cities who settle in these areas) neighbours and the Shipibo-Konibo Communities that are here. Every day we discover new communities and known people from Macaya and other communities.

The sisters arrived in the native community of Caco-Macaya on August 12, 1977.

We started the Native Pastoral Team of the Apostolic Vicariate of Pucallpa, having under their responsibility more than 8O native communities of the Vicariate, most of them of the Shipibo-Konibo ethnic group. In the 40 years of presence, we have experienced many things, as well as many activities carried out.

Formation of the population in Laws, Human Rights, role of the Authorities, Duties and Rights, National Reality, accompaniment to the Mothers' Club, Glass of Milk Committees and Children's Dining Room, among others.

Create sources of work through Development Projects such as Livestock, Reforestation, Sewing, Mini-Sawmill, Transportation, among others, always accompanying and training, not directing the Projects. In 2007, the First Christian Community was consolidated after the First Baptisms in the community.

San Lorenzo

On February 1, 1965, the sisters leave by boat from Lagunas to reach San Lorenzo the next day. On February 3 at 8.30 in the morning, they arrived at the mission.

In the beginning they dedicated their time to know the reality of the people of the rivers: Pastaza, Morona, Sillay, Cahuapanas, Unguyacu and Apaga. In addition to the School, boarding, Dispensary, visits to the villages by the river sides, they had catechesis in the parish, visits to the families and meetings with the parishoners.

From the year 1970, until 1987, they carry out a great activity through the Fluvial Civic Service with the motor boat "Santa Gema" by the different rivers of the area. They promote Communitarian first-aid kits that increased upto 140 communities and periodically carry out short courses for Health Promoters. Many of them, currently work in the Health Centers and Hospitals of the Zone. Parallelly, Workshops for the Integral Training programs were organised for Women.

In 1977, an ORIENTATION AND PROMOTION PROGRAM was created for INDIGENOUS men of the ethnic groups: Shawi, Awajun, Wampis, Chapra, Kandozi, Achuar, Kichua. The direction was in charge of the Missionary Society.

An AGRICULTURAL PROJECT was begun in 1980. In 2016, something new was created by the Ministry of Education: the BILINGUAL INTERCULTURAL SCHOOL "YÁNKUAM' JINTIA" WITH RESIDENCE. From there, the Missionary Society ends its mission in the boarding school. As for the Missionary Society, the year 2017, is without commitment of Apostolic Works, SAN LORENZO IS ESTABLISHED AS AN INTERMEDIARY HOUSE for Elder Sisters who can still be in the Mission.

Barrio Florido

From Iquitos, we the community of Barrio Florido, want to share with you our experience.

Our search began concretely last year and in this year’sAssembly the decisions were made, with the help of the Holy Spirit and the accompaniment of our sisters of the General Government, that our presence in the Vicariate of Iquitos would continue, from the Saint Peter fisherman Parish who is in the same city, but we would be situated in a community that is on the river bank.

Barrio Florido is on the banks of the River Amazon, about 40 minutes away from Iquitos.

There are several native communities that we can visit via small paths with moto-car and others with boat or canoe, but they are at short distances. There are ethnic groups Boras, Kukamas, Witotos, with their different branches, some have never been visited. We already presented ourselves to the Christian community, later we will to all the people, at present they are changing their authorities, they manifested their joy because of our presence, we also thanked them. They have already had a minga (community task) to clean the land where we could possibly build our house that is behind the chapel, they did it in spite of the torrential rain.

We feel that our heart has been split, on the one hand knowing the new and on the other hand saying goodbye to our known people of the community of Santa Rita.

Lima

The need of having a house in Lima was felt by the missionaries of Lagunas and Nieva. In those times, all the services of the State were concentrated in the capital.

On February 8, 1955 the expedition of the four founders arrived at the Port of Callao to the administration house in Lima.

On March 9, 1955, they began to work in the Work assisted by four young ladies and two volunteer doctors. Over time, a great friendship developed between the doctors and the sisters and they became great collaborators and members of the ” Friends Association of the Missionary Society”, which was born in June 1959.

The Augustinian Fathers offer the charge of the Kindergarten Section of their School in Lima to the Missionary Society, an offer that was accepted.
Since 1961, the Community of Lima, fulfilled a double objective: To take charge of the Kindergarten and to take care of the needs of the communities and missions of the forest through the administration, Vocation promotion, more attention to the group “Friends of the Society” which was increasing. Also, for some time it was house of formation of the sisters in their first stages.

Little by little the idea of having two communities in Lima was felt.

 

Communities
Community of the elderly sisters of Palao
Our house of Palau was remaining empty. But during summer, the sisters who come from the interior share our life in a kind and generous way. All of us, although old and with limitations, have felt the call: "Go all over the World", because with our hearts and our minds we are in all of the houses of the Society and in a very special way with all the sisters of the America zone.
Community of Fiori

The administration and receiving the sisters or relatives and friends who visit us is the mission of the sisters of this community.

Each sister has her missionary activity:

One, with the women´s group of saying the rosary, visit the families and give communion to the sick in the neighbourhood.

Another one is an ecological activist of the park of our block, taking care of the garden, its maintenance and cleaning along with other women of the ecological maintenance directive of our environment.

Another, special approach with the prisoners, especially the Indigenous ones, and her work in the Villa del Carmen chapel, she is an adviser to the Christian community, very dear to the people for her closeness to the people and the most vulnerable.

They also carry out the Youth Ministry organizing seminars and participating in the vocations group in the CONFER of the Diocese of Carabayllo.

On May 22, Sunday, we resumed the monthly meetings which we have with young people the area of Fiori. On this occasion a group of about 11 or 12 young people came from Villa del Carmen, a little chapel that is on a hill about half an hour’s walk from our house, and that is a community that the sisters have been accompanying for many years.

The Laity of Peru

AT THE END OF THE YEAR: LAITY OF THE MISSIONARY SOCIETY-PERÚ

The lay group of the Missionary Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus ended the year with the elaboration of their Project for 2018 and expectations and plans for the new year, among them, going to one of the mission places where are the sisters in Peru or other countries ….

Elena Mamani nos narra su experiencia

“I participated with eagerness and with great interest in the last meeting of the year of the lay community of the Missionary Society.

I have felt more identified as a lay member of the Missionary Society because I believe that we are integrating more and above all that we are advancing in our missionary perspective: until now we have been transmitting our own experiences in personal way to make known the charism of the Society, but from now on, something new has begun in our project, as a lay missionary community: we will participate in the apostolate as community in a specific mission place. This satisfies me, encourages me, I feel that I am growing more in this missionary dimension of the Society: to give love, service, myself and prayers to my neighbour.

 

We finished with a prayer meeting in the chapel with all the sisters to thank God for giving us so many beautiful experiences where God is present in our lives. We were able to finish with an pleasant meeting to share Christmas gifts with great affection to the sisters of the Missionary Society. They are women who deserve our respect and affection for their great capacity of love which they give us. We all become more integrated among religious and laity, feeling ourselves to be missionaries of the Missionary Society of the Sacred Heart. ”

 

 

Experiencia de misión en San Lorenzo

One of the laity of the Missionary Society, Delia Door, has spent a couple of weeks in one of our communities, in San Lorenzo (Datem del Marañón) and shares her experience.

“I left from Tarapoto by plane to San Lorenzo on October 4, 2017. I was a bit afraid, but I put myself in the hands of the Lord, since it was the first time I flew in a plane for such a long stretch. We were caught by a light storm, thank God we had a very experienced pilot, the trip in the plane was fantastic, seeing the splendour of the whole jungle. To see River Maranon from the heights… what a marvel!

 

I was received by Sr. Sylvia, who took me to the house by motorcycle. That same day I met Margarita Cárdenas, a lay woman of the Society, who is of the Shawi ethnic group. A young woman very dedicated to his mission. I also visited the Museum of San Lorenzo, which was the initiative of Sr. María Dolores Garcia, where you can appreciate everything she has collected over the years about the myths, rites and legends of the Shawi culture.
On Tuesdays we used to go to the Town of La Union. It is a very poor area but when we went to the houses and talked with the families they were very happy to see us and we shared the word of God.

I also visited the Boarding and the Inter-ethnic School. In school they are raising turtles which is a Program of an university. They have made a sand pool where they have buried 500 turtle eggs and, seeing the turtles being born is an experience.

HAITI

On the 18th of February, 2002 we arrived at the Port-au-Prince Airport. The people outside were rebellious because the President did not fulfil his promise. Haiti received a donation of a large amount of rice, free of taxes for poor people, and what was done was to sell it, including the tax. This was the reality of the country and in this context, we arrived.

On Wednesday 27, we left for Bombardopolis, with our parish priest.

 

 

We started learning the local language, “kreyol”. In the afternoons we are accompanied by some young people who give us singing classes.
The three of us visit families, which allows us to meet people by receiving and sharing generously of the little that they have.

Here one lives of Providence, there are times when it would be impossible to do something because of lack of water or necessary elements.

Ecumenism is palpable in daily life, the relationship that exists with other churches is very significant.
Our house is a place of welcome, we live in universality, because this place being so closed and lacking in basic services, we receive other people who come to render a voluntary service: doctors, NGOs, Observers of the European Union … and this experience is very significant for both parties.

We distribute food in 7 schools through the school canteens… We work for the improvement of the quality of life of the people, grant scholarships for students, help to construct water cisterns, house arrangements …

From 2002 to 2017, the community of Bombardopolis worked with joy and dedication in this mission.

Due to lack of personnel, it was closed in April 2017. But our presence in Haiti continues through the community which is in the city of Port-au-Prince.

Communities
Port au Prince

Restructuring process in Colombia was to open another mission in Haiti, in Port-au-Prince.

On March 4, 2014, we arrived in Port-au-Prince.

We are located in a sector very far from the centre of the city that began to reconstruct after the earthquake of 2010. At this moment there are many neighbours, but with a very poor service and infrastructure. Father José, a Scandinavian Italian, had the idea of creating a community market little by little trying to solve some aspects, in a land owned by people.

Our house is in, what they call here “village” named "Colombie", which has 72 other houses made by the same corporation. There are several such villages around.

The first stage will be, insertion, to learn the language and know the culture.

1. LEARN THE LANGUAGE CREOLE, ESPECIALLY PAOLA AND CHARO FOR A BETTER COMMUNICATION WITH PEOPLE.

2. TO KNOW THE ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, SOCIO-CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS REALITY OF THE HAITIAN PEOPLE

Vodou Ceremony: "Awake to hear from far the sounds of drums or horns, are the sessions of Vodou, which is a mixture of witchcraft-prayer-healing ...

BEGIN A SEARCH PROCESS TO CONCRETIZE OUR MISSIONARY ACTIVITY IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

As far as activities are concerned, for the moment:

Mery carries out some activities carried out by the sisters in the previous years: She has two groups of Missionary Childhood (infancia misionera), a group of Bancomunal (Savings and loans) and takes communion to two sick people.

With this group we are forming them to know what is the Bancomunal. It is a kind of economical solidarity where money is lent out from among themselves. This is an idea that is working well in Latin America. We have already held two training courses given by the people who started with this idea.

Among other things that Mery does is the decoration of the paediatric clinic of the sisters of the Presentation where Amparo works. Painting different images attractive to the children on the doors and some walls.

On Sundays, Paola takes care of the sacristy work of chapel of this area.

At other times, they visit the families that live in the neighbourhood to know them and, also to detect the needs that exist and that are not attended to. They encourage them to save and generate social capital.

Mery also works with the children in a little school that is in another, quite marginalized neighborhood of the area which was created after the earthquake. There she has the possibility of working with children who have different types of disabilities, some are with physical difficulties, others with speech and most of them with psychic problems. As far as possible, every day they carry out some activities with them.

Colombia

The presence of the Missionary Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Colombia, immediately places us in tune with its people on the Pacific coast, especially with Afro-Americans and the indigenous people.

Human groups which, with their experience, have taken us to the soul of their ethnic group and the sense of community life.

In February, 1965, the first house of the Missionary Society is opened in Colombia, in the Children’s Hospital of the Red Cross in Medellin, as a support to extend to other missions of this country.

The first community of five sisters, who were developing their missionary work in Peru, is appointed.

In 1968 the mission of Docordo was founded, covering approximately 3,000 km2, with a total of about 30 villages and a population of about 6,000 inhabitants.

There are Afro-Americans in Docordo. They worked in the school, in the dispensary in their journeys to other villages, gave courses of how to communicate through the local radio, to the indigenous people and school-going borders…

On January 14, 1972, the sisters arrived to establish themselves permanently in Pichimá, a mission of Waunana tribe.

Adult literacy was a task that needed dedication. An artisan cooperative was made, a privileged means for the freedom of women.

In 1973 Orpúa was founded, an Afro-American mission, later, came Buenaventura, Callelarga, Guapi …

Colombia houses
Medellin

On September 24, 1971, the sisters moved to a new home located in the neighbourhood of Las Violetas. Since then the house is: regional house, formation house for elderly and sick sisters. Each one of the sisters carries out the Pastoral in the Parish in the different activities and in other Barrios of Medellín according to her possibilities:

With groups, supporting general catechesis, accompanying families, prayer groups, Christian formation, visiting the sick, counseling, comforting and encouraging people who suffer. Trying to do it in Jesús’ style.

On September 24, 1971, the sisters moved to a new home located in the neighbourhood of Las Violetas. Since then the house is: regional house, formation house for elderly and sick sisters. Each one of the sisters carries out the Pastoral in the Parish in the different activities and in other Barrios of Medellín according to her possibilities:

With groups, supporting general catechesis, accompanying families, prayer groups, Christian formation, visiting the sick, counseling, comforting and encouraging people who suffer. Trying to do it in Jesús’ style.

Juniorate

This community is formed by a group of young sisters with temporary vows who are in the systematic juniorate stage. They are doing courses of Theology at the Luis Amigo University of Medellin. Moreover, they participate in different activities.

Parish:

  • Pastoral health
  • Missionary Childhood Association
  • Youth group
  • Special moments:
    • Evangelization week
    • Tution clases for school going children
    • Help to organize small markets to gather funds

University

Close relations with their companions

Participation in the different activities that are carried out

Solidaridad

  • Saving money for the poor by having a very simple meal once a week.
  • Support Mocoa (jubilee year)
Guapi
Community of the Vicariate of Guapi in a peaceful zone of Colombia, on the banks of the river Guapi. Its inhabitants are Afro-Americans.
Buenaventura

Pilar Garcés, M. Luisa Picón, Pilar Molina and Josefina Fernández.

The reality of our advanced ages, with their respective health limitations, does not take away the illusion of living and working together making the Kingdom present among our brothers and sisters. Our house in Nayita neighbouthood.

HOW ARE WE RESPONDING TO THE REALITIES OF OUR ENVIRONMENT FOLLOWING THE EVANGELIZATION OF JESUS?

We feel that we are privileged to be close to and work with Jesus' favourites…

THE SITUATIONAL FRAMEWORK OF OUR COMMUNITY PROJECT

Buenaventura is a city of great social conflict, generated by violence, lack of opportunities and impoverishment of the people who live in a port with many riches. Generators of impoverishment and violence:

  • 1st Drug trafficking.
  • 2nd Outlawed armed groups.
  • 3rd The reinserted ones that continue committing crimes.
  • 4th The police who abuse their authority and violate human rights.
  • 5th Political corruption.
  • 6th Unemployment.
  • 7th Interfamily violence.
  • 8th Displaced.
  • 9th Feudal situation of the port. The Port has a movement of 67% of the total export and import cargo of the Country. This mobilization of cargo is not seen in the benefit of the city; they only see the goods leaving and entering, it harms them, because all the structure they project over the port, they do it thinking of the dock, but not the urban development of its inhabitants. Buenaventura is nothing more than a simple jetty. Those who make official decisions are in other cities.
  • 10th The poor remuneration paid by some port operators who take advantage of the unemployment rate.
  • 11th The proliferation of sects has generated division in the people and have made faith a business deal.
  • 12th Increase in the underground economy, search for easy money that, faced with the situation of poverty, encourages young people to look for new possibilities in other countries, prostitution and trafficking, they do not see future in education but in an eager search that does not take into account any human value, and thus come flaunting luxuries and excessive expenditure that often ends up generating death.

HOUSES BUILT ABOVE THE WATER, Danger for children who can fall and drown. Ease to fish, illegal activities and drug trafficking. ...... We believe that each one, given our age and personal situation, give the best of what we are and can, although there is much more that we can achieve in the line of "evangelizing in the way Jesus did"

OUR ACTIVITIES:

HELP IN THE CHAPEL OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA.

PILAR GARCES WITH A SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY (In our house)

KAIRÓS CHOIR OF THE CHAPEL

MISSIONARY CHILDHOOD ASSOCIATION

JOSEFINA FERNANDEZ WITH A GROUP OF CHILDREN OF THE MISSIONARY CHILDHOOD ASSOCIATION (in the hall of our house)

Family visits.

Visits to the sick and giving them communion.

Health ministry. Giving special attention to disabled persons.

LAY GROUP OF GUAPI

On July 29th 6 lay women were consecrated in the Missionary Society in the community of Guapi (Cauca) Colombia. The Eucharist was celebrated by Father Aquileo, the representative of the American area, Sr Isa, our zonal responsible, the spouses and relatives of the laity and the three sisters that form the community (Juliana, Shobha and Milagros) were present.

They have helped to improve housing conditions for some needy people.
Through the Project for the disabled, they have made visits to families, which has allowed them to know a reality that is unknown to them and at the same time it has opened horizons to carry out other apostolates.

LAITY OF MEDELLIN

LAY WOMAN OF BUENAVENTURA

Working on Orpua