¡Bienvenidos/as, St. Thomas More Newman Parish!
Tomorrow SHARE will welcome our first delegation from the St. Thomas More Newman Parish, in Columbia, Missouri. Most delegates are current university students active in the life of the parish, and will spend their week in El Salvador celebrating the life and prophetic voice of Archbishop Oscar Romero, learning about the current struggles of the organized communities in La Libertad, and visiting with their sister parish Immaculate Conception.
Board members of the Newman Volunteer Corps found SHARE in late 2012 and inquired about a starting sistering relationship. A group of parish staff, members, and a university student visited El Salvador in June of 2013 to explore the possibility of a sistering relationship with CRIPDES Sur, one of SHARE’s counterparts in the southern part of La Libertad. After four days visiting various communities with CRIPDES Sur coordinators, many conversations with SHARE staff, and continued discernment with parish members upon their return to the U.S., St. Thomas More Newman Center officially signed the Sistering Covenant in September 2013!
A unique aspect of this new sistering relationship is a spiritual connection with the Immaculate Conception Parish in El Puerto de La Libertad, a faith community committed to social justice and serving the poor throughout the region. U.S. women religious Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan served in this parish before their martyrdom on December 2, 1980.
St. Thomas More Newman seeks a relationship of solidarity and faith with their Salvadoran sisters and brothers in La Libertad. ¡Bienvenidos a El Salvador!
To learn more about starting a sistering relationship through SHARE click here.