Monday, July 30, 2007

A visit from our companion parish

The children at San Andrés painted a banner for our companion parish

Amy and Arrington Chambliss, Associate at St. Andrew´s, shared in the service

Our new bell was dedicated after the service

In mid-July, members of San Andrés shared a few packed, grace-filled days with members of our companion parish, St. Andrew's in Marblehead, Massachusetts. We visited some of the pilgrimage sites of San Salvador together, including the cathedral where Monseñor Romero is buried and the UCA, the Jesuit university which was the site of the 1989 massacre of six priests and two women; members of San Andrés were able to share some of their memories of El Salvador´s past with members of St. Andrew´s. We played, sang, made and ate pupusas, painted a beautiful new mural on the side of our building, and dedicated a bell donated by our companion parish at the end of an incredibly joyful, bilingual Eucharist. We also re-told the story of this relationship, which goes back more than 15 years, re-kindled friendships between church members, and re-affirmed our companionship, a commitment between members of our two parishes to continue walking beside each other, as sisters and brothers, despite our very different backgrounds.

The mural takes form! Romana, Dulany, and Judy prepare pupusas

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