A Message from the Children of Peru
From Msgr. Joseph Hirsch
Director of Casa Hogar Orphanage, Lima, Peru
For those of you who may be new, Casa is a direct mission of the Diocese of La Crosse founded by our very own Father Joe Walijewski focused on delivering high quality care and services to at-risk children, rescuing them from potential threats and rehabilitating them for a more promising future through faith and family.
We are coming up on our 5th month in quarantine, our 72 children, family teachers and limited on-site staff have stepped up during this time of need to create a new sense of normalcy for the community. We are working to support one another, maintain academic engagement for each of the children through zoom, television and printed worksheets, host “homemade quinceaneras”, and developing new skills such as overseeing all bakery management or cutting hair.
The St. John’s community has always been incredibly generous to Casa Hogar for which we are so grateful. Giving in time and love, many mission trips and pilgrimages from our parishes have visited Casa Hogar over the years and though they were unable to travel this summer, we look forward to when we can welcome the next group from the Columbus High School Mission Trip.
This time of unknown certainly comes with challenges but we also realize that God is with us and our faith manifests in different ways. While we cannot be together this fall for Mission Coops, Visits, School Presentations or the benefit dinner, we will find new ways to continue to keep you engaged and involved in our Mission and are so grateful for any support you can provide. Our work and the safety, family, faith and livelihood of the community is only possible through your support and it has such a large impact in Peru. Thank you for the impact you have! Together, Father Joe is watching over all of us.
Family, Faith and Future For All Children www.homeajpm.org
For more information, updates and photos of what is happening at Casa Hogar please visit: https://www.facebook.com/ casahogarjuanpablo2/
Shortly after my ordination, I was able to visit Casa Hogar, and seeing firsthand the impact this home orientated orphanage makes in the lives of these children and their host parents is very impactful. It truly opens your eyes to the blessings we enjoy in the United States, and helps us see that we are called to share our blessings in service beyond our borders to parts of America that struggles in ways we do not. Although this year we will not be able to host Msgr. Hirsch at our parish, we are still reminded of the missionary aspect of our faith life. This is an opportunity to be a part of something so much greater than anything we might do on our own.
Please be open to the needs of these children when the appeal is made, and prayerfully consider supporting this mission. Not all are able to go physically on a missionary journey, but we are all able to take part in the mission through supporting missionaries and those they serve.