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Sponsored Ministries in Peru

Response to a Calling

In 1964, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville answered a request that had been made in 1963 by Pope John XXIII asking for men and women religious to send missionaries to Latin America. The Ursuline Sisters responded by sending four sisters to oversee education, skills training, spiritual and catechetical formation in rural villages near Lima, Peru.

Today, the Ursuline Sisters remain strong in their sponsorship, and have expanded their ministries to healthcare and social justice by serving the rural poor and marginalized in Callao and San Miguel, South America.

Click here to see a map of where our sisters serve in Peru.

Ursuline Sisters’ Ministries in Peru

  • Rehabilitation Center for the handicapped
  • Soup kitchen to feed school children one nutritious hot meal daily

  • Saint Angela Merici School: pre-school, elementary and high school scholarships
  • Love of Children “Warma Kuyay”: after school workshop 3-days a week, for 50 children
  • School for Parents: Parent-child mentoring program to teach parenting skills

Social Justice
  • Working with families to decrease domestic violence
  • Empowering women to build better futures for themselves and their children
  • Raising consciousness for an eco-friendly environment

Living Conditions in Peru

Average hourly wage is $1.25
Seventy-two percent (72%) of rural Peruvians live below the poverty line
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of rural Peruvians have inadequate sanitation facilities

Social Justice Issues in Peru

Low wages
Water contamination
Domestic Violence
High dropout rate among primary school children

Source: The World Bank

Click here for Peruvian Journal stories, written by the sisters ministering in Peru, and other news.

How You Can Help

It is through the generosity of others that we have been able to spend almost five decades ministering to the women, men and children of Peru. Together, we have created an environment that is increasing the probability that future generations will have more opportunities to live longer, healthier lives. If you would like to make a donation to support our efforts in Peru, please click on the Donate button below.