The Mission of the El Salvador Ministry is to promote solidarity and exchange between the St. Elizabeth Parish community and our sister communities in El Salvador, Romero Community and Palo Grand/Suchitoto.
Ernesto is one of the Salvadoran students from Palo Grande who has been the recipient of a college scholarship funded by St. Elizabeth’s parishioners for six years. He received his college degree in International Relations on May 27th.
ADULT MISSION TRIP TO EL SALVADOR
On February 2, 2022, 13 people traveled from Kansas City to El Salvador, the
beginning of a journey that would leave them with lifelong memories of an adventure
that can only be fully understood by experiencing it. Included on the trip were our
Pastor, Fr. Greg Haskamp; a retired diocesan priest, Fr. Ernie Davis; eight St. E’s
parishioners; and three people from Holy Spirit Parish in Lee’s Summit. We visited
many historic sites, including places where martyrs like St. Oscar Romero, Blessed
Rutilio Grande and six University Jesuits lived, died and were buried. We also
visited the communities that St. Elizabeth’s supports, including Romero Community
and Palo Grande, where we met, dined and conversed with many of the families who
live there; heard from a number of the students that receive scholarships funded by St.
Elizabeth’s parishioners; and visited the Catholic grade school/high school that many
of our students attend. Our travels took us to many places, where we witnessed the
natural beauty of a mountainous country, bustling cities, and lovely farming
communities. We learned about the harsh realities of living in a country devastated
over the centuries by Spanish colonization, war, natural disasters, corrupt
governments, and great wealth concentrated in the hands of a very few. And yet, the
people we met, many of whom live in abject poverty, were warm, gracious,
hospitable, and willing to share whatever they had with us. We left El Salvador with
a sense of solidarity with our brothers and sisters there and motivation to continue St.
E’s legacy of helping those less fortunate than us.
Our next adult trip to El Salvador is scheduled for February 1-8, 2023. Join the St. E.’s delegation and see for yourself why those who have traveled with us in the past look forward to returning. As Fr. Dean Brackley, a Jesuit who lived and worked in El Salvador for 22 years, said, “I tell you that you will fall in love with the people of El Salvador and you will be hooked for life.” To reserve your spot, or for more information, contact Kerm Fendler at 913-488-7790 or [email protected].
Space is limited, so contact him as soon as possible.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISING EFFORT!
We had a strong finish to our 2021 fundraising efforts, bringing the total amount collected in
2021 to $62,212. That provides more than enough dollars to fund 107 scholarships for the
2022 school year, including 59 scholarships for Catholic grade school, 30 for high school, and 18
for university. We also received a matching grant of $20,000, which has been booked as
revenue in the 2022 calendar year. Thank you!!! Your contributions are helping educate young
people in El Salvador and transform their lives, giving them a viable alternative to gang
violence, teen pregnancy and migration to the U.S. It is also transforming communities, as
parents now have hope for a brighter, more just world for their children.
We hope to fund even more scholarships in the future because the demand for scholarships
continues to exceed their availability.