Mission

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas (PTPA) is to serve those in need by:

  • Developing and maintaining linkages of Catholic parishes, institution, and individuals in North America with parishes and institutions in the Caribbean and Latin America
  • Encouraging prayerful solidarity, empowering our sisters and brothers in the Caribbean and Latin America
  • Providing resources and support in religious, educational, medical and economic areas
  • Promoting awareness among Catholics of the injustices present and our gospel call to respond concretely
  • Assisting North American parishes to develop models for outreach to their sister parishes

We support our mission by:

  • Promoting awareness among Catholics of the injustices and disparity that exists between developed and underdeveloped countries
  • Offering resources for our sisters and brothers in Latin America and the Caribbean to empower themselves.
  • Exhibiting sensitivity towards the new cultures that are being encountered; treading lightly and mindfully
  • Encouraging respect for the complexity and beauty of other cultures

Objectives:

  • Develop and maintain real personal relationships between individuals and underdeveloped communities in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Encourage and facilitate visits and correspondence between twinned parishes
  • Support efforts to develop outreach programs in sister parishes
  • Encourage and enable North American parishes to provide resources and support in the areas of religion, education, health and community development
  • Respect the knowledge of the Latin American and Caribbean pastors, allowing them to use their discretion and initiative in the disbursement of funds and direct the development of their community
  • Encourage North American parishioners to learn as much as possible about the culture, history and language of their sister parish