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St. David's has been involved in outreach efforts in Guatemala since 1999 as part of the Companion Diocese program of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. During that time we have provided money for education, clean water and building projects, and our parishioners have traveled there as part of mission trips. We began by simply visiting to listen to our Guatemalan companions tell us of their hopes and needs and to share their lives. Later we started sending work groups, first through Habitat for Humanity and then to work with our companions on construction projects and other missions. We work with four parishes: Santiago de Jerusalen (St. James) in Chimaltenango, Santa Cruz del Monte Calvario (Holy Cross of Mount Calvary) in Santa Cruz Balanyá, San Bartolomé (St. Bartholomew) in Chucalibal, and San Andres (St. Andrew’s) in San Andres Itzapa.



Photos from Our 2017 Trip to Guatemala


The G6 Group G6 machetes at San Bartolome St. David's scholarship funds at San Bartoloe The Vision for Santa Cruz Arriving at the consecration of Santa Cruz P. Tomas in vestments donated by Church of Our Saviour, Jenkintown Acknowledgement of St. David's support in the Narthex of Santiago Santiago de Jerusalen Fr. Frank praying with the Siloe Youth Group at Santiago Santiago church bell that formerly hung in the old Chapel at St. David's Acknowledgement of St. David's support for the construction of Santa Cruz.




History of St. David's Relationship & Ministry Initiatives

Bishop Armando Guerra helped us find our first partner congregations, both under the leadership of Padre Lucas Choc. In Chimaltenango, the congregation of Santiago was worshiping in what had been a garage constructed of cinder blocks with a cement floor and tin roof. There were wooden benches that were arranged in rows for services and then quickly moved against the walls for fellowship after the services. St. David’s provided funds for the construction of a second story on this church, which was completed in 2004.  We also financed the construction of a dozen pews.  Several years later, under the leadership of parishioner Austin Hepburn, the church bell that had hung in the old St. David’s Chapel was refurbished, shipped to Guatemala, and installed in the bell tower at Santiago.  It was first rung on Easter Sunday, 2009.  Padre Miguel Salanic has been serving as Rector here since 2008.  Parishioners Cheri McCaslin and Carol Kangas represented St. David’s at his ordination to the priesthood in 2009. In 2016, members of the G6 work trip helped with a before- and after-school tutoring program here.


The Church of Santa Cruz in Balanyá (pop. 15,000) was started by Padre Lucas in 2000 with people of the Kakchikel group of the Maya.  Most of them speak Spanish but are more comfortable in their native tongue, so the sermons are usually preached in both Spanish and Kakchikel.  After Padre Lucas died, Padre Tomas Calel served as Rector here from 2006 to 2008, when his son Tomas, Jr., then a seminarian, became the minister.  In 2013, the Rev. Matt Holcombe, former Associate Rector for Outreach, and two St. David’s parishioners were among the presenters at Tomas’ ordination to the priesthood.  From the beginning, the congregation gathered for services in the homes of parishioners or in the rented home of the Rector.  St. David’s financed the purchase of a piece of land on the outskirts of town, and the construction of a new church was begun in March 2014. In June of that year, the G5 work trip brought 44 youth and adult members of St. David’s to help prepare and pour the cement floor of this building.  They also worked in small groups assisting Dr. Mike Damiano at a medical mission in the clinic in the center of town.  In 2016, the G6 work trip included 24 St. David’s parishioners who helped construct a front porch and steps at the front door of the church.  In July 2017, The Rev. Frank Allen and parishioners Cheri McCaslin, Kipp Gearhart, Joe Rollins and Carol Kangas represented St. David’s at the consecration of this beautiful church.


San Bartolomé is in the small town of Chucalibal (pop. 3,000).  The members of the congregation all belong to the Kiché group of the Maya.  Since not all of them speak Spanish, conversations often involve translating from Kiché to Spanish to English and back again.  There is a spring on the church property, and St. David’s provided funds to pump water uphill into the parish house, where it is stored in a tank.  In 2013, parishioner Brady O’Mara raised funds to build a washhouse so that people wouldn’t have to go down the hill to wash their clothes in the spring.  Also included in this construction were two restrooms that replaced an outhouse.  The water is gravity-fed from the storage tank, and the washhouse is available to everyone in the community as an Outreach project of the church. Padre Tomas Calel, Sr. has been the Rector here since 2008.  After the Sunday services, there’s usually a meal for everyone, and it used to be cooked over an open fire in a small thatched hut outside the church.  St. David’s provided funding to construct a cement kitchen building, and the members of the G6 work trip dug and prepared the foundation for this building.

San Andrés Itzapa is a suburb of Chimaltenango and the home of the congregation of San Andrés.  It is a daughter church of Santiago de Jerusalen, and the two congregations have many shared activities.  There is no church building, and services are held in a house whose rent is paid by our companions in ministry at St. John’s Church in Glen Mills, Pa.  Padre Miguel Salanic is also the Rector of San Andrés.  The G6 group worked on a medical mission here.

Our Companions Visit Us

Since the early 2000’s, we have been visited by Padre Lucas, Bishop Guerra, Padre Miguel,  members of their families, and several parishioners from Santiago.  Some of these visits have coincided with our diocesan convention, and both Padre Lucas and Bp. Guerra had the opportunity to speak there.  In addition to sharing worship and fellowship on Sundays along with a bit of sightseeing, one of the most valuable activities has been the opportunity to visit with some of our local Outreach partners.  Indeed, Padre Miguel was so impressed with what he saw at the food cupboard at St. Mary’s, Chester that he initiated a similar food-sharing project to aid families affected by hurricane damage in Guatemala.

Supporting our Companions in Ministry

Funds from St. David’s Outreach grants, the Gift Shop, and World Gifts have helped support the following:

  • Construction materials and labor costs for the two big projects at Santiago and Santa Cruz
  • Christian education materials
  • Painting and staining walls, doors and windows - in 2008 and 2009, groups of St. David's men spent several days working on the Church in Chimaltenango
  • Annual aid to children in both parishes to help pay for school expenses - We have provided funds to partially defray expenses for the 150 children for such things as tuition, books and supplies, uniforms, and transportation
  • Contributions to the discretionary fund of Bishop Armando Guerra
  • Travel expenses for visits of Guatemalan clergy, family members, and parishioners to St. David's
  • Donations of clothing, toothbrushes, eyeglasses, and school supplies brought during the Habitat for Humanity work trips (every two years from 2006 to 2012)
  • Purchasing cars for Padre Miguel and Padre Tomas - Each priest is responsible for two parishes, and having a car makes traveling between them much easier.
  • Purchasing furniture and equipment for all four parishes - These purchases have included pews and other furnishings for worship spaces, appliances, musical instruments, A-V equipment, prayer books, and vestments.


Carol Kangas' reflection on Guatemala 2013 Trip >

Carol Kangas' reflection on Guatemala 2012 Trip >