Father Jon Seda, the pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas in Ames, Iowa, came with two young men – one is a graduate of Iowa State University who had visited about two years ago; the other is a senior at ISU, active at St. Thomas.
|Tyler, Fr. Jon, and Joe (Chepito) with Adán and his family|
For a few days we followed Padre German, Dulce Nombre de Maria’s priest, as he visited some of the distant villages. There Father Jon concelebrated and even helped in baptisms.
|anointing with the oil of catechumens|
In the villages, they also shared the banners that St. Thomas Aquinas had made for the churches of the Dulce Nombre parish.
|Fr. Jon presenting a banner to the San Antonio church in the town of Dulce Nombre|
The town of Dolores and the village of Plan Grande Concepción had the experience of a Mass in English – with translation of the homily.
The group also stayed in Plan Grande for a night. The next morning they experienced the process of making dulce, raw sugar. They had hoped to do a little harvesting of coffee – but the weather was too wet and cold.
|Isaías pouring the sugar into molds.|
A few more photos follow.
|Joe with some of the baptized in Aldea Nueva|
|Tyler and Joe in San Jose El Bosque|
|Tyler and Joe outside the Yaruconte Church|
|Father German and Father Jon - with Yaruconte in the distance|
|Moises, an incredibly good 13 year old lector in San Jose El Bosque|
|Delmar tying Joe's shoe|
|Delmar enjoying the sugar cane juice being cooked|
|Fr. Jon at the Greeting of Peace in Dulce Nombre|
|Fr. Jon and Padre German concelebrating|