WHO WE ARE:
Since 1999, the Latin America and Caribbean Program has twinned US parishes with parishes throughout Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean (outside Haiti).
We currently have twinnings in:
- Central America: El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala
- South America: Colombia, Ecuador and Peru
- The Caribbean: Jamaica and Puerto Rico
All other countries in these geographical regions are eligible for twinnings.
We have 54 U.S. parishes twinned with parishes in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 34 of those being active. We are seeking U.S. twin parishes for more than 50 parishes waiting to be twinned.
WHAT WE DO:
- Provide leadership–facilitating and guiding the twinning process
- Empower, facilitate visits to sister parishes throughout Latin America and the Caribbean
- Provide cultural orientation, translation, interpretive services to twin parishes
- Offer resource guides, newsletter, and funding sources
- Provide cultural orientation
- Monitor and assist with spiritual and financial health of the twinnings, as needed
HOW TO TWIN:
- Decide to join us to twin you with a parish.
- Identify preferred country/parish.
- PTPA facilitates country and parish selection decision.
- PTPA twins and leads you in the development of a deep two-way relationship.
HOW MUCH DOES TWINNING COST?
- Each parish decides how much time, effort and money they wish to commit to supporting their twinning.
- Financial contributions to PTPA are voluntary, but encouraged.
- Travel expenses for PTPA to accompany you during your initial visit shall be covered by the US parish.
HOW DOES TWINNING BENEFIT YOU AND YOUR PARISH?
A parish twinning relationship will allow you to:
- Make a difference in your own life, that of others, and your own home parish,
- Be more aware of the need to learn and serve one another,
- Strengthen your spirituality and experience the fullness of God locally and globally,
- Deepen cultural awareness and understanding,
- Live the gospel by serving others
- Work for peace, social, economic, and environmental justice, and…
- Promote self-reliance, social, economic peace, and environmental justice in Latin America and the Caribbean.