Jesuits on the Frontiers: Ministry to the People of Peru

Since arriving to Peru in the 16th century, the Jesuits have established a remarkable array of ministries in the South American country including 10 parishes, distribution centers for food and clothing and 72 Fe y Alegria (Faith and Joy) schools, which provide a free education to more than 86,000 Peruvian children.

Since 1968, the Jesuits of the Chicago – Detroit Province have had commitment of service with Peru that continues to evolve and flourish today. These relationships between Jesuit provinces, called “twinning,” promote reciprocal sharing between the two and help strengthen and grow the Church’s presence and reach.

The first destinados, Jesuit Fathers Robert Beckman and Benjamin Morin, were missioned to Peru and arrived in Lima on October 28, 1960. Since then, more than 50 Jesuits have been sent out across the county, not only to serve the poor, but also fully embrace the culture and live among the Peruvian people in their communities.

Find out more about the work of the Chicago – Detroit Province Jesuits in Peru by visiting their website, which includes more information, photos, a podcast and a video with the Jesuits who are serving God’s people in Peru.

One Response to “Jesuits on the Frontiers: Ministry to the People of Peru”

  • Fr. Jack Bentz SJ:

    Thanks for this article. I am glad for the chance to remember the international element of the Jesuits in the USA and their rich history.