Friends of San Lucas Mission

Mission Statement

"The Friends of San Lucas was created to carry on the legacy of Fr. Greg Schaffer, by listening, responding to and walking in solidarity with the people of San Lucas Tolimán in an effort to alleviate the suffering and dependency created by the ‘process of poverty’.”

We recognize that we are to be a bridge, to share with our brothers and sisters in the United States of America who have been associated with our mission, by offering hospitality, and by sharing the culture, struggles, hopes, and aspirations of the people of Guatemala and through this avenue of solidarity provide funding to keep the projects going.

As Jesus responded to people and their needs, we believe that it is or mission to respond to the expressed felt needs of the people of San Lucas Toliman and the surrounding area, that form the larger community. We will uphold the Christian Social Doctrine that Fr. Greg weaved through all his decisions and practices.

Board Members

Bishop John LeVoir
Chancellor Eugene Lozinski
Vicar General Douglas Grams
Fr. Philip Schotzko
Thomas Holzer
Brian Mathiowetz                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Arch Mrkvicka

Advisory Committee

Bill Peterson, Director - Minneapolis, MN                                                                                                                                                                                      Arch Mrkvicka – Owatonna, MN
Brian Mathiowetz – Sleepy Eye, MN
Chuck Spaeth – Sleepy Eye, MN
Terri Wong – Eagan, MN
Fr. Phil Schotzko – Springfield, MN
Dave Davis – Hewitt, MN
Byron Maldonado – Coral Gables, FL
Bridget Coughlan-Hermer – Madison Lake, MN
Rogers Strickland - Weston, MO                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jereme Abshire - Sacramento, CA                                                                                                                                                                                Paul Leighton - Apple Valley, MN                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mike Greene - Minnetrista, MN                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ana Ovalle - Mankato, MN                                                                                                                                                                                                             Heather Statz - Baraboo, WI