FORT LORAMIE – Padre Jesus Orlando Erazo Galvez is the parish priest for San Cristóbal (St Christopher), a village in the department of Cuscatlán in El Salvador. San Cristóbal, is in the process of building a sister parish, or twinning relationship with St. Michael, Fort Loramie and Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Newport. Rev. Orlando will be visiting Ohio for the first time to learn about the culture of West Central Ohio.
Rev. Orlando and Rev. Steve Shoup will concelebrate mass at St. Michael Church on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
After mass, at 7 p.m., Rev. Orlando will give a reflection in Spanish on the Martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero, Fr. Rutilio Grande, the essence of Global Solidarity, and how a small village in El Salvador is affected by a “twinning” or a “sister parish relationship”. Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) staff, and Salvadoran, Elba Moreira will facilitate the English and Spanish translation for the event.
Archbishop Oscar Romero was a promoter of Liberation Theology and was shot to his death while celebrating mass, on March 24, 1980, in a small chapel in San Salvador. Fr Orlando will help us better understand who Oscar Romero was, the tragedy of his death, and how he lives on in the people.
Rev. Orlando Erazo is the nephew of the beloved Rev. Rutilio Grande Garcia, murdered in El Salvador in 1977. Attendees will gain insight on the life, death, and legacy of Rev. Rutilio Grande.
After the one hour presentation, all are invited to a fiesta with a campfire, hotdogs, s’mores and refreshments on the “east side” of church until 9 p.m. Please join us to welcome Orlando and Ms. Moreira, to Ohio.
The Newport-Fort Loramie sister parish team is sponsoring this event. Local Spanish teachers Deanna Chappie, Hardin-Houston, and Mandy Wehrman, New Bremen, have provided expertise and translation for this event promoting global solidarity.