Pastor at diocesan mission in Dominican Republic reports
By Fr. Mike Seis
Greetings from the Dominican Republic. There has been a lot of
activity in our diocesan mission the past few months. The biggest
news is the number of baptisms celebrated in the two parishes(Santa
Teresa in Elias Piña and San Isidro in El Llano). Since
Easter, we've celebrated nearly 1,000 baptisms.
All of our local communities have been working very hard in
preparing the celebrations. In one place we celebrated 120 in one
celebration. It's quite an experience to celebrate so many baptisms
at the same time. When there are so many there is a little mayhem,
but that's to be expected.
Another reason for such an increase in baptisms is the recent
migration of Haitians to the Dominican side of the border. The
church in our area is growing by leaps and bounds.
In June we had visitors from the Diocese of Green Bay: a group
of young people from different parishes. They got to know another
culture and know another reality.
They came face-to-face with the daily challenges and struggles
of many our people. They lived with families from the parish to
really know the reality. They accompanied me to different campos
and so saw first-hand some of the work we do. They were present at
one celebration of more than 60 baptisms! I think it was a good
experience for all. Plans are already being made for next year's
group. Contact Tony Pichler at the diocesan office if you're
interested -- (920)437-7531 or toll-free, 1-877-500-3580, ext 8309,
or by e-mail, [email protected].
Here in the Diocese of San Juan our parishes are participating
in our diocesan synod. Next year, the Diocese of San Juan is
celebrating its 50th anniversary. And next year the Diocese of
Green Bay will celebrate 40 years of our presence in the Dominican
One activity is an adult formation program that is taking place
in all the parishes. We have more than 100 small groups in the two
parishes that meet weekly. It could be compared to the Renew
Another big activity is planned for the Feast of Christ the
King. All parishes in the diocese are going to celebrate the
Sacrament of Marriage on the same day. We're hoping to marry at
least 50 couples on this day in the parishes.
The sad news from here is that Fr. Bill Hoffman has returned to
the Green Bay Diocese after 19 years of faithful service to the
parishes of Elias Piña, El Llano and San Juan. The entire
diocese of San Juan will miss him. We wish him the very best in his
new endeavors in Green Bay.
Wishing you all the very best from our diocesan mission.