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san lucas 2010 filteredExpand your horizons and deepen your faith! Be touched by the lives and struggles of our neighbors in Latin America. Next adult trip to San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala - February 9 - 20, 2017.

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Help Bring Stoves to San Lucas Tolimàn

 

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San Lucas Tolimán Guatemala
 
Come and experience Guatemala!
A fabulous 12-day retreat, where we
will work and learn about
this beautiful culture!
Taking Registraions now!
 
Call Arch Mrkvicka 651-592-0569 or
Terri Wong 651-454-0981 for more info.
           
February 9 - 20, 2017

 

Touch and be touched by the native Mayan people of San Lucas. Join us for 12 days in the beautiful area surrounding Lake Atitlan in the mountains of Guatemala. San Lucas Tolimàn is 2 hours from Guatemala City. Be immersed in Mayan culture and learn about the struggles Mayan people face daily. Be enlivened by a faith so profound it radiates from the people.

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What do I need?

How much does it cost?

You will need a valid passport and a photo ID. A Driver License is acceptable or photo ID from the license bureau.

The cost of the trip including airfare, housing, and meals will be approximately $1,575 per person. Limited scholarships may be available.

 

San Lucas Tolimàn, Guatemala

February 9 - 20, 2017

 Ministry Contacts (name and phone/email):

  • Terri Wong  651-454-0981   email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information

One of MANY teaching moments

 

Father Greg Schaeffer has passed onto eternal glory.  Padre Gregorio was the founder of San Lucas mission in Toliman, Guatemala.  Yearly our children and adults spend time with the humble people of San Lucas and our parish generously gives to the Stoves Project.

Obituary

Msgr. Gregory ( Fr. Greg) Thomas  Schaffer Gregory Thomas Schaffer , long time missionary for the Diocese of New Ulm’s mission, the San Lucas Toliman Mission in Guatemala, died May 24, 2012 after a long battle with a rare form  of  lymphoma /  cancer.   Msgr. Greg was born on January 29, 1934 in St. Paul, Minnesota to John Conrad Schaffer and Ann Catherine (Regan) Schaffer. He entered the Saint Paul Seminary in 1954 and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of New Ulm by Bishop Alphonse J. Schladweiler.  On July 16, 1963 he accepted the appointment as a diocesan missionary to the San Lucas Mission Parish in Guatemala. He attended an eight week linguistic course at Georgetown University and a four month Spanish and Culture Course sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers in Huehuetenango, Guatemala before going to the mission.  Fr. Greg was instrumental in helping to establishing many projects during his time in San Lucas. They now have a medical and dental clinic, an elementary school for over six hundred students, a library, various land projects, extensive sustainable housing, a Women’s Center, and many others too numerous to mention. He was also responsible for getting the Juan Ana  coffee program started and sending it to the States, acting as an advisor for the coffee growers at the mission.  Numerous awards were bestowed on Fr. Greg throughout the years as a result of his work with the people of San Lucas and his plight to help them live their culture but rise out of poverty. The most important award was the  Order of the Quetzal, the highest honor bestowed by the Guatemala Government for his long-lasting service and commitment to the people of San Lucas. He accepted the award in the name of the people of San Lucas. Some of the others are:  Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Loyola University in Chicago, IL; International Aware known as  Anonymous Heroes Working for Peace Through Development (Héroes Anónimos en el Marco de la Cultura de la Paz) for his work with agricultural and economic development whose efforts lead to peace; Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from University of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA; St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity Distinguished Alumnus Award for his service in missionary work; Diocesan Distinguished Service Award from the Diocese of New Ulm; Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, St. Paul. On October 18, 1984 Fr. Greg was appointed the title of Monsignor (Protonotary Apostolic) by Pope John Paul II.

He is survived by sisters and brothers -in -laws Elizabeth (Beth) (Martin) Meidl of Lamberton; Judith (Robert McCown) Gust of Iowa City, IA; Geraldine Cunningham of Chicago, IL ; Ann Therese Wiggins of Eagan;  Monica (Robert) Schwartz of Tucson, AZ;  brothers J. Patrick (Rita)  of Saint Paul,  John Jr. (Rosemary)  of Burnsville, and a foster brother, Robert O’Brien of Omaha, NE ;  sister-in -law, Kathy Schaffer of Mankato; and a brother -in -law, Robert Lemons of Saint  Paul . He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families. Other survivors include the special people of San Lucas and the many friends and benefactors of the mission. Fr. Greg was preceded in death by his parents ,  sister, Mary Alice Lemmons, brother , James  Schaeffer , brother -in -law, Robert Wiggins, and foster sister-in -law, Janice O’Brien.

Fr. Greg had a great love of sports, reading, woodworking, and being with his family. He loved his family gatherings, presided at many nieces and nephews weddings, baptisms, and funerals for them. He was an avid reader of daily papers and was known to keep  files of newspaper articles. Father Greg especially read articles on Liberation Theology which is an attempt to interpret Scripture through the plight of the poor. He was widely known for his efforts in working with the poor. Fr. Greg had a great love for  the people of San Lucas and his ‘education’ into their culture. His smile, his personality, and his ability to talk of theology to farming to teaching to family in the same breath will be greatly missed.

 

“Fr. Greg Schaffer lived a life of deep devotion to God which in turn gave him the strength to do great things for the Guatemalan families he served starting in 1964. Greg dedicated his life to improving the lives of the people of San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala through hard work, a profound faith, and courage in the face of extreme poverty and at times brutal violence. I visited San Lucas Toliman in 2009 and learned first-hand how Greg was truly the community’s father – beloved, respected, and the initiator of tremendous social change. Elevating human dignity was Greg’s life’s work and he did it through working with poor, indigenous farmers to help them have access to land, economic opportunity, healthcare, and education. If Greg’s life was a journey, he truly walked in the footsteps of Jesus. I feel privileged to have known him.

“I wish to extend my prayers and deepest sympathies to the people of San Lucas Toliman, especially Encarnacion “Chona” Ajcot who tirelessly worked with Father Greg. –Betty Mcollum

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations
and Budget Committees.

To learn more about his funeral and the pilgrammage of those who attended, visit:

http://padresjourneyhome.blogspot.com/

To view photos from the funeral,  visit:

 

https://picasaweb.google.com/100172012636769206912/PadreGregorioSFuneral?authuser=0&feat=directlink