Guatemala Companion Parish Ministry
St. Martin’s has a companion parish relationship with three churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala; San Marcos, Quetzeltenango; San Martin Obispo, Totonicopan; and San Juan Apostol, Chichicastenango. This companion parish relationship was established by St. Martin‐in‐the‐Fields in 1997 to provide companionship, and the exchange of spiritual and material resources.
A dominant piece of this partnership is an annual drive to raise scholarship money for Guatemalan school children. School is not free in Guatemala and additional items, such as books and uniforms, make the price of attending school out of reach for many families. Padre Heber Ruiz at our companion parish, San Juan Apostol in Chichicastenango, notes that the children receiving scholarships develop an increased sense of responsibility and are strongly motivated by the possibility of a better life.
Since 1997, over 60 St. Martin’s adult and teenage parishioners have visited our 3 companion parishes in Guatemala.
St. Martin’s sends $9,525.00 for hurricane relief in Guatemala
For more information or to get involved with Guatemala Companion Parishes, contact Terry Clattenburg.