Sister Parish In Peru

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. 


It is with great sadness that we let you know Fanny Nizama, the Principal of Mother of Good Counsel school in Piura, Peru, has passed away after short fight with kidney cancer.  Fanny began her mission with Padre Joe Uhen as a Social Worker and visited us here at St. Anthony on the Lake quite a few times over the past 20 years.   When Mother of Good Counsel, Santisimo’s parish school, was started Fanny went to work as an educator and ended up becoming the Principal growing enrollment to approximately 1,000 students over the past few years.  Fanny was a smart, charming, sweet young woman who was instrumental in the huge success of the parish school.   We ask that you keep Fanny, her family and friends at Santisimo in your prayers as this has left a void in their lives, hearts and programs, she will be missed by many!

God grant her eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon her.


Maureen Michaels

Peru Liaison

This message from Padre Joe will be shown at all Masses September 11 and 12, 2021.

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Dear Friends,

22 Years ago, St. Anthony on the Lake established a relationship with Fr. Joe Uhen, pastor of Santisimo Sacramento in Piura, Peru.   Since that time, many great things that have transpired between our two parishes.   We’ve formed friendships, family sponsorships, and have created and maintained support of many wonderful ministries that have benefited thousands!    During the past 18 months Covid has changed some of the ways our twinning relationship has unfolded.   Padre Joe and his staff have not been able to visit, nor have we made our annual pilgrimages to Piura.  The monthly food package deliveries had to be curtailed with families needing to go to the parish to pick up their monthly food allowance in Soles (Peruvian dollars).   We have not been able to ship any containers with Family-to-Family sponsor donations and humanitarian aid for Santisimo’s parish community.

On the bright side many of our faithful here at St. Anthony’s stepped up to help with donations to cover oxygen, food, and other medical necessities for the good of the parish in general or their sponsored families.

This weekend would have been the time that Padre Joe and several staff members were to visit St. Anthony’s.   In their absence, we are blessed that he was able to create a video to share during the homilies this Saturday & Sunday. If you were not able to attend Mass to witness this, you will be able to check it out on our parish website.

Having been the conduit between our two parishes for more than 20 years, I have had the blessing and pleasure of traveling with many of you and want to personally thank all who have been so generous with your time, talent, and treasures in making this sister parish relationship the success that it continues to be!

God’s Blessings,

Bendiciones de Dios,

Maureen Michaels, Peru Liason

Santisimo Sacramento Peru Program Updates

Due to the pandemic many things have changed in our lives and that is true with our sister parish, in Piura, Peru. We, for the second summer in a row, will not be sending a container of humanitarian aid along with Family-to-Family boxes to our friends at Santisimo Sacramento. Also, for the second year in a row, Fr. Joe Uhen will not be making his annual Mission Appeal visit to St. Anthony’s like he has for the past 20 years. 

To make-up for not shipping a container and Padre Joe’s visit, we have dedicated the weekend of September 11-12, 2021 as our Archdiocesan Mission time for Peru. The homily for the weekend Masses will be a video narrated by Padre Joe giving us an update of the current status of his ministries and how his people are faring during these difficult times. 

Donations will be accepted to help with the programs on-going at Santisimo, and Family to Family sponsors will be welcome to make a monetary donation to their Peru family in lieu of sending items on the container. 

Another change is our annual trip to Peru which is typically held in October. This too has been postponed until early October, 2022. 

We are very sad to have lost the past two years of visits and activities with our sister parish, but are extremely grateful for the continued generosity of our parishioners.

God bless you for all you do!

~Maureen Michaels, Peru Liaison

Contact Maureen Michaels with questions.


Read Padre Joe's Christmas Message Here
Santisimo Sacramento, Our Sister Parish

Padre Joe Santisimo Sacramento St. Anthony on the Lake
Peru Trip 2019 St. Anthony on the Lake








Padre Joe Uhen has celebrated 25 years of priesthood!

View pictures from our October 2019 Peru Trip

These videos tell the story of how we are making a difference in Santisimo Sacramento.

Santisimo Sacramento's parish school is Mother of Good Counsel which opened the first classrooms seven years ago.This is a video of a new addition that is being constructed whereby they will be able to accommodate well over 1000 students in the near future.

In January, 1999, 11 members of St. Anthony on the Lake visited Peru to see what we as a parish could to do help the over 40,000 members of Padre Joe's parish. We were blessed to find it a community of faith filled, beautiful people who dwell in homes consisting of dirt floors, bamboo walls, tin roofs, with no running water or electricity. From that fact finding mission, evolved our current Family to Family Program where families from St. Anthony sponsor families in Peru donating $30 per month to supply the Peru family with rice, beans, powdered milk, vegetable oil and various other sundries. To date St. Anthony on the Lake sponsors over 350 families in Piura.

Subsequent annual visits have included 210 St. Anthony parishioners who've made the pilgrimage, many having traveled more than once.

In September each year, Padre Joe Uhen, comes to St. Anthony’s to visit along with two to three of his staff members. While here, Fr. Joe celebrates at each of our weekend masses and gives us an update on his parish, Santisimo Sacramento. Each of his staff members also speak to our parish thru Fr. Joe’s interpretation and tell of the many thanks that their people send to all of us at St. Anthony’s.

Learn more about our Sister Parish:

Areas of Impact

Donation Request List

Family to Family Giving

Peru Container Information 

Peru News

Peru Trip Photos

Please contact Maureen Michaels at [email protected] or (262) 691-9170 X1101 for information on how to support our sister parish or visit our online giving opportunity through WeShare.