CLINTON — On Friday, June 17, Bishop Daniel Turley of Chulucanas, Peru, will visit Clinton to meet with the people of Prince of Peace Parish and Father Ken Kuntz, pastor. The parish has been a “sister parish” of La Virgen Pura y Limpia in Sapillica, Peru, for nearly seven years.
A potluck supper will take place June 17 at 6 p.m. at St. Boniface Hall, 2520 Pershing Blvd. “We hope many parishioners can attend and meet Bishop Dan,” said Barbara Foster, chair of the Peru Task Force at Prince of Peace.
This is the first time Bishop Turley has been able to return to Clinton since June 2004.
Prince of Peace parishioners have made two pilgrimages to visit the parish in Sapillica, a small city in the northern coastal plain.
When Bishop Turley suggested a relationship with a parish in Peru, the parish he had in mind was not even formally in existence. The parish was formed in the coming year and includes 46 villages scattered throughout the foothills of the Andes in northern Peru.
The first thing Prince of Peace did for its sister parish was to send money to remodel a home for the pastor, since there had never before been a resident pastor in the region. Then Prince of Peace Catholics sent money to repair the church roof.
In addition to the two pilgrimages, Prince of Peace has sent money to aid in medical care. Each year, Clinton parishioners send enough money to pay the salary and insurance costs of the Peru pastor and a deacon to serve the parish.
For more information on the potluck supper, call Prince of Peace Parish, (563) 242-3311, or Sisters of St. Francis, (563) 242-7611.