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Sister Parish Reflections

My Sixth Visit-New feelings

Posted Aug 04, 2016

This was my sixth visit with my daughter Nikki to our sister parish.  This year was different in that I was more observant of our first time visitors and the way their hearts went out to our brothers and sisters and especially the children of St James. There were a couple of college...

Friendship, Family & Faith by Sarah Hein

Posted Aug 14, 2015

“It’s all about the relationship.” I have heard this many times since becoming involved in, enamored with, and passionate about the Sister Parish ministry.  However, in my life, it has become about friendship and family, with the focus on faith.  In the past months...

Beauty in Unity - A 2014 Trip Reflection by Olivia Kirsch

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Growing up at St. Monica, I had always heard petitions and announcements about our Sister Parish, Santiago Apostal, in Lepaterique, Honduras. I saw a group of people every third week of the month collecting free will donations for the Sister Parish and once a year I saw a group of strangers at...

Turning Fears to Gifts - A 2014 Trip Reflection by Ellen Sanders

Posted Sep 15, 2014

My husband Steve and I gave our 18 year old son Jason the trip to visit our sister parish in Lepaterique, Honduras as a high school graduation gift. We wanted him to experience a culture that was different from his privileged upbringing in the U.S. and we also thought it would be a great...

Treasure - A 2014 Trip Reflection by Andra Liepa

Posted Sep 15, 2014

There are three emotions that stay with me, even several weeks after making my first trip to Honduras: unconditional love, joy, and gratitude. Visiting the people of St James the Apostle was unexpectedly similar to visiting my cousins in Latvia, my parents’ birthplace. These people had...

A Different Kind of Peace - 2014 Trip Reflection by Sarah Hein

Posted Sep 15, 2014

In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, St. Paul so eloquently expressed his thoughts on love and as you will see, that is the picture of what I feel each and every time I visit Lepaterique, as the people there have become such a vital part of my life.When it comes to Lepaterique, love is the one thing that is...

"Something Special - 2014 Trip Reflection by Kevin Corydon

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Several years ago I was blessed to be able to visit the Holy Land and I remember the words of our guide, Peter Vasco OFM, as we sat on the bus in Tel Aviv before we started our pilgrimage. He told us that before there was a universe, before there was a cosmos or a world, God knew that we would...

“Ven Espiritu Sancto!” - A 2014 Reflection by Kathy Cohenour

Posted Sep 15, 2014

The parish hall had been transformed into a sanctuary to accommodate the crowd for the Pentecost vigil. We sang, listened to scripture, sang some more cajoling the Spirit to come, “Ven Espiritu Sancto!” The lights flickered off and we sat in hushed awe as a cauldron of fire was...

Pointed in the Right Direction

Posted Nov 20, 2013

When I first went to Lepaterique 8 years ago, I had no idea how it would change my life. I remember little Teresa that first trip; she and Carmen wrapped their arms around me. This year, Carmen’s mother shared a photo album of memories with Liz and I as we sat in the living room of their...

10 years after planting the seeds of this wonderful relationship

Posted Sep 12, 2013

October 2003 a relationship began between two parishes who were unknown to each other - one in Indianapolis Indiana and one in Lepaterique Honduras. Most of those gathered in that room during the discernment had no idea where Honduras was or how to get there. Yet the Spirit was our guide and...

Humbled by the depth and sincerity

Posted Sep 12, 2013

This is the 10th year anniversary of the founding of the sister parish relationship between St. James the Apostle of Lepaterique, Honduras, and St. Monica in Indianapolis, USA.  This fact was celebrated with much joy by our brothers and sisters in Lepaterique during our visit this...

Joyous and welcoming

Posted Sep 05, 2013

I really did give it some thought and there are many wonderful things I have experienced during all three trips I have made to Lepaterique.  The care given to us by brothers and sisters….  The beautiful outdoor Mass this year….  and on and on….. Someone, maybe...