Limerick Peru Mission
The Logo of St James the Apostle
The journey from Limerick to Lima began on January 1st 2004. Fr. David Costello sought permission from Bishop Murray to go on Mission to South America. He joined the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle ( http://www.socstjames.com/ ) and after completing language study in Bolivia he was appointed to Peru. His first appointment was to the city of Chimbote some 6 hours drive north of Lima.
From the very beginning it was Bishop Murray’s wish that a Mission link would be established between Peru and Limerick. That opportunity came in Feb 2006 when Fr. David was asked to move from Chimbote to Lima so as to establish a new mission/parish. After just one year the new mission was ready to be named a parish and so “El Resucitado” was officially created on 4th February 2007. Bishop Murray travelled from Limerick to Lima to be present for the ceremony; his presence was seen by all as a visible sign of solidarity between the Diocese of Limerick and the parish of “El Resucitado” in Lima.
Also, in 2007 Fr. Derek Leonard sought permission from Bishop Murray to go on Mission to South America. He too joined the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle and went to Bolivia for language study.
In December 2007 Fr. Derek joined Fr. David at “El Resucitado” and together they work what has become known as the ‘Limerick Peru Mission’.
The parish of “El Resucitado” (The Resurrected One) is situated in a suburb on the eastern side of Lima. Lima itself has a population of 8.5 million people. A recent census revealed that the parish area has a population of approx 120,000 people, most of whom live in a situation of dire/extreme poverty.
Both Derek and David live and work in a very different situation to what they would have been used to in Limerick. The main thrust of their ministry is in the area of Evangelisation and Social Outreach. The Mission is funded entirely by the generosity of so many good people in Ireland, especially in the Limerick area, and they continue to be humbled by the willingness of so many who are ‘our Partners in Mission’.
See the Limerick Peru Blog http://my.opera.com/limerickperumission/blog/