Meet the Delegates from Tierra Nueva II, Guatemala!
We are beginning preparations to welcome the five people who have been elected by their peers at Our Lady of Guadalupe church, our beloved 'sister parish', to represent them during the 10-day delegation arriving here on August 2. This year is extra-special -- we will be celebrating the 25-year anniversary of St. Joan of Arc's relationship with Tierra Nueva II! We look forward to welcoming them joyfully into our community and our hearts.
These delegates represent various groups within Our Lady of Guadalupe church. They are pictured above (l to r):
Brandon Gonzalez (Cristo Vive/youth group)
Enio Guzman (church board)
Juana Morales Mendez (Christian base communities)
Alba Rivera (Peregrinos/Bible study group)
Odilia Vasquez (Women’s group)
April 8, 2019
Visa Interviews at U.S. Embassy
Today, April 8, was visa application day for Juana, Enio, Brandon, Odilia and Alba, the potential delegates selected by our sister parish in Guatemala to travel here to Minnesota.
Process: A great deal of preparation goes into the application process:
Outcome: We are saddened to report that four of the five potential delegates — Juana, Enio, Brandon, and Odilia — were denied visas by the U.S. Embassy. We do not know the reasons for this visa denial and no rationale was given. It is always a blow to receive such news, and we extend our support and love to these sisters and brothers.
We are now planning for a small but mighty two-person delegation: Alba and Miriam (a back-up delegate who already has a 10-year visa.) We will be ready to welcome them with open arms when they join us this August!