Fr John O’Connell MSSC

In Peru, Things Are Moving

The Church in Peru becomes more missionary

By Fr John O’Connell MSSC

When I first came here some forty years ago and worked in the parish of Saint Martin de Porres we had an average of five pastoral meetings per week.  We had one central church where we celebrated seven Masses on Sunday with two morning masses on weekdays.

Now as I work in the parish of St. Peter and St. Paul, with much the same number of Catholics (40,000) we have chapels for each five communities, each with its own pastoral council and activities.  There is an ever increasing need to decentralize and to have lots of meeting rooms.