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Guatemala Immersion Trip - October

Written by Matt Rousso
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 Maryknoll Mission Immersion Guatemala

Quetzaltenango/Esquipulas - October 9-17, 2016

Sponsored By:
Maryknoll Mission Education Center - New Orleans
Directed by: Mr. Matt Rousso and Fr. Gerry Kelly M.M.

The Mission Immersion Program will begin in Quetzaltengango, the 2nd largest city of Guatemala situated near several volcanoes in the heart of the Sierra Madres, 200 kilo- meters west of Guatemala City. We return to Guatemala City to visit Caminando Por La Paz, a Maryknoll neighborhood program and to participate in a visit/prayer service at San Sebastian Parish, the site of Bishop Girardi’s martyrdom. . .Participants then will go to Esquipulas, the pilgrimage town where hundreds of people gather daily to venerate the famous sculpture of El Cristo Negro, enshrined in the beautiful basilica of Jesu- Cristo Crucificado. . . .During their time in Esquipulas, participants will live in a rather simple mission house, Casa Nazareth, located in the very poor barrio of Santa Ana.

Each day will include morning prayer and evening theological reflections. . . .There will be some time each day for private meditation and/or free time and some occasions to celebrate Eucharist.

Registration Form

Name _________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________
City/State ______________________________________________________ Phone No: _____________________E-Mail: __________________________

Maryknoll Mission Ed Center 7730 Walmsley Ave
New Orleans, La 70125
For More Information Contact: Matt Rousso (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Phone: 504-866-8516 Cell: 504-376-4142
[please send this completed form and check to above address]

• Requirements: Though fluency in Spanish would be good, it is not a requirement; however, a commitment and willingness to try to communicate is expected; signed waiver of liability; health precautions according to advice provided to participants; familiarity with articles and reading materials provided.
??Cost: Program fee of $600 plus airfare fees/taxes. Program fee covers all costs – including meals, accommodations, transportation in Guatemala, facilitation and stipends. [refunds given if we under spend the budget]
??Registration: Complete the Registration Form and mail along with $200 - balance of $400 due by August 15 ... (we can only accommodate a maximum of 10 participants)
• Airfare: Approximate cost of airfare will be $800 based on flight to Guatemala originating in New Orleans or Houston, making whatever travel arrangements are necessary to assure connections in NO or Houston.

Maryknoll Mission Immersion Retreat
Guatemala/Quetzaltenango - October 9-17, 2016
* to give missioners (from U.S. as well as from Guatemala) an opportunity to meet each other in an overseas mission experience while engaging together in prayer and reflection.
* to enable participants to have a profound experience of mission as “being with” rather than “doing for.”
* to engage participants in study/reflection on Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Caring for Our Common Home.”
* to provide an opportunity for participants to get to know the work of CEIPA by inter- acting with staff, volunteers and participants of CEIPA programs.
* to provide an opportunity for participants to be live in a simple mission house im- mersed with the people living in the hills of barrio Santa Ana.
Planned Activities:
* 2 nights/days in Quetzaltenango interacting with staff and volunteers of CEIPA; participate in CEIPA’s education projects and trade-school workshops. (cf: below)
* 1 night/day in Guatemala City: Visit/prayer service at San Sebastian Parish, the site of the martyrdom of Bishop Girardi, director and author of “Guatemala: Nunca Mas”
* Visit to neighborhood mission center, Caminando por la Paz: short tour of house and neighborhood; catechetical program with neighborhood children.
* 4 nights/days in simple mission house, Casa Nazareth, on the periphery of Es- quipulas in barrio Santa Ana; home visiting, programs with children of barrio and orphanage, working in community garden, nutrition and cooking school with mothers of the barrio.
* Veneration of El Cristo Negro and Mass in the beautiful Basilica of Jesus Christ Crucified.
* Engage in several sessions of study/reflection/prayer on Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Caring for Our Common Home.”
CEIPA: The Ecumenical Center for Pastoral Integration (CEIPA) was founded in 1989 as an outreach ministry of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Quetzaltenango, for the purpose of providing assistance to child victims of the internal armed conflict. CEIPA is a non-profit, civilian, social welfare association that contributes to the dissemination of child laborer rights and hazards. CEIPA's purpose was modified when a study undertaken by the Univer- sity of San Carlos determined that a sector in need of urgent attention was that of child and youth laborers. Since 1989 CElPA has oriented its programs toward alternative education, health and nutrition, vocational training and the promotion of children's rights for child laborers.



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