In 1998, Fr. Joe Uhen, pastor of Santisimo Sacramento in Piura, Peru came to visit St. Anthony on the Lake as a missionary priest. What transpired after that visit is a successful twinning parish relationship unlike any other in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
Parroquia Santisimo Sacramento/Piura-Perú Friends
A note from Cheryl Pierce who heads up one of the Medical Missions to our sister parish in Peru:
I have hesitated to post more news about Covid19 - if you are like me, I have had to stop reading and listening to the news reports, it can be so overwhelming and depressing. But once again I have been reminded of the huge differences there are when you live in the USA compared to a poor country like Peru. Already second to Brazil in total number of cases, our friends and families of Santisimo Sacramento in Piura are really suffering. Peru was one of the first to lock down and set curfews in an effort to contain the virus, even provided funds to people that were unemployed - seemed like all the right things. But, curfews and lockdowns don't work in a country that had 44% unemployment before the pandemic and a large number of people living day by day, begging and bartering for food. They can't stay home and "wait" out the pandemic. They must go out every day to look for food. And the virus spreads...
Piura has 5 ventilators in the whole city, the hospitals are not equipped for a pandemic. People are sent home to be cared for by their families. If they are lucky and have funds, they may go home with a tank of Oxygen, but as soon as it empties - they must beg for money to get it refilled. And now - there is an unexplained shortage of Oxygen to fill the tanks. Please PRAY our friends in Peru!