Our mission in Peru can be traced back to Pope John XXIII’s plea in the 1960s to all religious orders for increased labor in mission fields. Responding to this plea, our congregation’s attention became focused on Peru as a country whose political, social and religious climate seemed favorable.
More than 40 years ago, three sisters arrived in Peru to help staff a school. Since then our sisters have moved on to meet other educational, pastoral and health care needs of people in fishing and rural villages and in the missions high in the Andes. The presence of the sisters has drawn Peruvian women to enter the congregation or to connect with the congregation as Franciscan associates. As a result, a formation program for women interested in joining the congregation as vowed religious or our Franciscan Associate program has evolved and taken root in Peru.