Photo by Christine Ward
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Martin de Porras Parish in Mollendo, Peru,a contingent from the Diocese of Ogdensburg will travel to Peru in June with a special donation from the diocese. For 40 years, St. Martin de Porras parish was part of the Ogdensburg Peruvian Apostolate served by priests of the Diocese of Ogdensburg. Father George Maroun, a former OPA missionary and former diocesan mission director, is shown at left with a replica of the $5000 check signed by Bishop LaValley. At right is St. Joseph Sister Mary Ellen Brett, current mission director. Father Maroun and Sister Mary Ellen will be traveling to Peru along with Father Dan Chapin, Fathers Robert and Doug Decker, Father Andrew Amyot, Father Jay Seymour, Father Pat Mundy and Shawn Olley from St. James in Carthage. During a June 9 anniversary Mass, they will present the check to the current pastor at St. Martin De Porras, Father Jose Marquez. The donation is from funds of the Missionary Projects of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, an annual collection taken in the Diocese of Ogdensburg each July.