Thanksgiving Mass for Peru Mission
On Wednesday, May 20th next, a Mass will be concelebrated at St. Patricks Church, Rochestown, Cork at 7.00 pm.
It will be a Celebration of Thanksgiving for all who have contributed in any way to the work of the mission the missionaries, the Peruvian people and the people of Cork and Ross, Kerry, Cloyne and beyond, who generously supported the mission over 50 years.
Especially remembered and named at the Mass will be the missionaries who have died. While all are welcome to attend, particularly welcome will be relatives of those who served in Peru and who have since died.
A week-long celebration took place recently in the shanty-towns around the city of Trujillo on the Pacific coast of Peru. The celebration was one of thanksgiving by the local people for the work of the missionaries of Cork and Ross, Kerry and Cloyne, marking 50 years since the foundation of that mission.
It was on the 17th of March, 1965 that the late Bishop of Cork and Ross, Cornelius Lucey, took responsibility for the shanty-towns near Trujillo, which had grown as a result of a huge migration of people from the Andes mountains to the coast in search of a better life.
Since then, many priests from Cork and Ross, Kerry and Cloyne and sisters from the Mercy, Bon Secours and Presentation Congregations have served on that mission, providing religious services, education, health-care and other services to the constantly increasing population now well over 500,000.