Fr. Andoni Ledesma Sanchez, CPPS, has been elected director of the CPPS mission in Peru.
Fr. Ledesma, a member of the Iberian Province, has been in ministry in South America for a number of years, including the last two years in Peru. He formerly served as director of the Brazilian Vicariate, and is now pastor of Nuestra Senora de la Luz parish in Lima.
Also elected during the assembly of the Peruvian Mission, held January 14-18 at the mission’s retreat center in Chaclacayo, Peru, were Deacon Tomas Chamaya Alva, CPPS, and Deacon Alex Chasnamote Puga, CPPS
Deacon Chamaya will serve as councilor for community life, spirituality and apostolate. Deacon Chasnamote will serve as councilor for economic matters.
Also during the assembly, members marked the CPPS departure from their longtime ministry site, La Oroya, Peru. Fr. Joseph Deardorff, CPPS, was the last CPPS pastor to serve there; he is now in Lima awaiting his next assignment, which is to the Indian Vicariate.
Members discussed their next apostolate in Peru, which they can undertake because they said goodbye to La Oroya at the end of 2012. They are now open to conducting long term missions in parishes or territories have been chronically underserved. They plan to commit to these parishes for a period of five years, in order to revitalize them.
“In a way, it is similar to what St. Gaspar did, in terms of re-igniting the Church in a town—though it is a longer commitment,” said Fr. Steve Dos Santos, CPPS, who accompanied the provincial director, Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, CPPS, on the trip. “They will be assisting with parochial ministry, with a missionary spirit.”
Text and photo courtesy of Jean Giesige, Cincinnati Province