On September 20, members of the St. Joan of Arc Sister Parish group took part in a Solidarity Walk and potluck picnic in Minnehaha Park. On the same day, members of our sister parish in Tierra Nueva II, Guatemala were walking in solidarity as well. This annual event, organized around the theme, "Walking a Common Path", was one of several regional walks that took place in the U.S. and Central America. In addition to raising funds to support Sister Parish, Inc., it is a time to come together for friendship, community and prayer.
During the walk, participants stopped periodically for readings, songs and reflections of solidarity and love. They celebrated St. Joan of Arc's twenty-year relationship with our sister parish in Guatemala, reflected on the people who have helped build this loving relationship, and spoke of their hopes for the future.
Here is a message from our Sister Parish family in Guatemala: "Greetings to our brothers and sisters from SJA. We are on the Solidarity Walk and we know you are too. We unite with you in asking for peace...SJA, you are in our hearts and in our prayers. We are happy to share this walk and thank you for sharing it with us. Hugs for everyone!"
A big thank-you to all who participated in this event as well as those who sponsored walkers to raise funds for Sister Parish, Inc. Your support is so appreciated!
For information about St. Joan of Arc's 20-year Sister Parish relationship in Guatemala, contact jmadden [at] stjoan.com (subject: Sister%20Parish) (Julie Madden).
For information about Sister Parish, Inc., the umbrella organization that unites communities in the United States and Central America, follow this link: http://sisterparish.org