Following a tour of Central America in the early 1980s, Sister Peggy O'Neill, SC, began serving in the Diocese of San Salvador in 1986 assisting refugees and accompanying them during the Civil War that was raging in El Salvador at that time. In 2006, Sister Peggy began El Centro Arte para la Paz, an educational and cultural center that promotes peace through dance, art and theological reflection, in Suchitoto, El Salvador, on the grounds of the historic Santa Imelda School and Convent.
Through programs that strengthen cultural identity and unity within the community, teach skills to support self-sufficiency and critical thinking, promote environmental awareness, teach gender equality, explore nurturing spirituality, and build bridges between cultures, the Center has served tens of thousands of people since its opening.
To learn more and to donate, visit the El Centro Arte para la Paz Website
The Haitian Mission Initiative, directed by the 2003 General Assembly, is based on a thirty year history of deep and wide ties between our sisters and the Haitian people. This Initiative crystallized for us in 2001 when Sister Dianne Moore joined with a twinning parish from the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia journeying to Haiti. In 2005, Sisters Carol Ann Lockwood, Sharon Sage and Mary Dolores Spano departed for
Gros Morne, Haiti, for a collaborative mission with members of the Religious of Jesus and Mary from Mt. Rainer, Maryland.
Once again, in 2011, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth returned to Haiti. Initially, Sister Dianne Moore and Sister Janet Lehmann lived with three Maryknoll Sisters in LaTremblay. Several years later, the Maryknoll Sisters closed their ministry in Haiti. Sister Janet moved to Jacmel and Dawn Colapietro, Seton Associate, joined Sister Dianne in 2014.
Our current work in Haiti is focused on a commitment to building strong communities by giving special attention on the women and children who are most at risk. There are presently eight different active programs: Medical Clinic, Water Purification Program, Goat Project, Agricultural Program, Microloans, Elementary School, Trade School and Disaster Relief.
PROGRAMS IN HAITI
My name is Sarah. I am the cute one waving to you on the left. In Haiti, it only costs $100 to send one of us kids to school for the whole year. That money pays for teachers, books, school supplies, and lunch for us every day! All it takes is for five friends to get together and contribute $20 each. We want to get as many Circles of Friends, and other people too, to help me and my friends go to school.
Can you help us?
Sarah and my Circle of Friends