Since 1995, St. Joan of Arc has had a powerful Sister Parish relationship with San Marcos Evangelista (St. Mark the Evangelist) parish in the community of Tierra Nueva 2 near Guatemala City. Our hermanamiento (sister parish relationship) has continued to grow and deepen as we share our lives and faith together. The central component of our hermanamiento is our annual delegation, either from SJA to TNII or from Guatemala to Minneapolis. On these delegations, we share each other’s lives and learn so much about the historical, social, political and economic situations in Guatemala and the U.S. Between delegations we keep each other apprised of news that is relevant to our lives and pray for one another regularly. We often find opportunities to act on each other's behalf in response to political or economic issues that impact us. A broad network of people and organizations exists that shares the same concerns that challenge us, and we partner together in actions and educational events. We are not alone in our work for peace and justice and solidarity!
The purpose of the Sister Parish relationship is to promote equality and respect and broaden our knowledge of the people and cultures of each church through sharing on a cultural, spiritual, economic, social and political level. A special focus of our exchange is the human development of women, children and young adults. We provide partial scholarships to a number of TNII’s middle school youth, who meet once a month to review academic progress, deepen their spirituality and develop their social conscience. We also provide support to Women United for Development, the women’s committee of TNII, which promotes the development of women to become “protagonists in their own history” through leadership and skill building workshops and forums.
The Sister Parish Committee at St. Joan of Arc meets the first Wednesday of every month, at 7pm in the Parish Center. Minutes of each meeting are drafted, distributed to committee members and posted on the website (see above). Committee membership is informal. Simply attending the meetings and participating in Sister Parish activities constitutes membership. Many people volunteer for delegations or other specific activities, but do not attend the committee meetings on a regular basis throughout the year.
In our Sister Parish relationship, our faith is strengthened, our awareness of the oneness of all people is renewed, and our commitment to justice is rekindled. We welcome your participation! To see upcoming events, go to the Calendar.
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