Friends of San Lucas

In 1963, Father Greg Schaffer, from the diocese of New Ulm, MN, came to San Lucas Toliman and began work as a parish priest. Responding to the expressed needs of the community he realized that his work as a priest would be broader than he had imagined. He soon started programs in education, healthcare, construction, coffee as well as a visitor’s program inviting groups from the United States to walk alongside the people and culture of San Lucas.  Fr. Greg died in 2012 and the Friends of San Lucas was born to carry on his legacy of working with the people of San Lucas to alleviate the process of poverty.

Currently, the Friends of San Lucas supports the Mission in Guatemala, which employs over 100 people working in all program areas. Almost all of the support for the work of the Mission comes through private donations.

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MN Knights of Columbus

Wheelchair Mission

On May 30, 2018, a small group from the Minnesota Knights of Columbus arrived at the Mission in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala to distribute 280 wheelchairs the group had donated. They spent a week distributing wheelchairs at Hospital Monseñor Gregorio Schaffer and made home deliveries to those who were unable to travel to the hospital.  Group member Joe Konrardy said, "It was an honor to provide these wheelchairs as a gift from the Minnesota Knights of Columbus. We hope that they will allow many people and their families to have a better life through the gift of mobility."  

View a video about their time in San Lucas here!

Our New Ambulance

After nearly 2 years without an ambulance at Hospital Monseñor Gregorio Schaffer in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala, a new ambulance was blessed and up and running in early July. Thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Clubs of Hutchinson, Cokato-Dassel, Gaylord, Glencoe, Litchfield and Madelia and Feeding Children International of Stewart, MN, the new ambulance is now available to transport patients within town and to the hospital in Sololá where surgeries and other critical treatments are available. Local priest, Fr. Victor, performed the blessing with the employees of the hospital and volunteers of the San Lucas Mission. 

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