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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:07

Josephites' new ministry in northeastern Peru

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Fr John Andersen and Sr Charo rsjFather John Andersen, a Sydney priest some 30 years in Peru and currently in the Apostolic Vicariate of Iquitos on the banks of the Amazon in north-eastern Peru reported on the arrival of the first Sister of St Joseph to work in the Vicariate of Iquitos, which is under the charge of Spanish Augustinians and borders Ecuador.

Since 1981, Sisters of St Joseph have lived and worked in South America, starting with the four pioneering Sisters who began work with the Columbian Fathers in the El Pacifico area of Lima.

“We are 1000 km from Lima, and there is no road connecting us to the rest of the country, “said Father John. “These are great times and a great blessing for the Year of Consecrated Life!”

Sister Charo Zurita rsj arrived at Iquitos at the end of February 2015. She is the new Principal of a Fe y Alegría school in Iquitos. Previously she was the Director of the Fe y Alegría in Tarma in the Andes. Charo, together with Sister Jenny Mori will make their Life Commitment as Sisters of Saint Joseph on 28 March 2015 in Lima. Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph, Sr Monica Cavanagh, will be present to receive their vows, together with Sister Annette Arnold the Regional Leader. Sister Marj Crossman who has been in Peru for over 20 years is moving from the jungle area of Pucallpa and will join Charo in ministry in the Fe y Alegría school and in the parish.

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