Friends of San Lucas Mission

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 104 people working in all program areas. Almost all of the support for the work of the Mission comes through private donations.

News and Updates

Colegio 50th Anniversary

It was a busy first week of May in San Lucas as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Colegio Monseñor Gregorio Schaffer. There was mass, parades, fireworks, cake and much more all celebrating the work of Fr. Greg and his commitment to educating the youth in and around San Lucas. We wanted to thank all of our supporters for helping Fr. Greg's dream continue for 50 years and we can't wait to see what the next 50 have in store. 

Thank you for your support!

Stay tuned for a summary of all the anniversary fun in our next newsletter!

Juan Ana Coffee

New shipment arrived in time for spring!

Buy some Juan Ana Coffee today and spread the word. Your continued support of this delicious product supports local families.

To order - click here

2018 Blackout Dates

In an effort to allow all of our employees in Guatemala time to take vacation and spend holidays with their families, the Mission will NOT be providing visitor services (including transportation, meals, money exchange and service work) the following dates in 2018 - 

September 9th - 24th 

October 14th - 21st

November 15th - 17th

December 24th - 26th

Thank you for your understanding in this effort!


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