Update on Our Piarist Fathers in Puerto Rico

The 2018 Piarist Fathers Development Campaign is Ignite Compassion.  Our mission is to follow Christ and to serve the Church by administering effectively to the educational needs of children and youth, especially the poor.   For us to effectively achieve our mission, we need the financial support from friends just like you.  We share with you in our newsletter, piaristchallenge.com and piarist.info our works and needs in the hope to ignite within you the compassion to help.

The Development Office would like to address our efforts in Puerto Rico.   The devastation from Hurricane Maria was overwhelming and is estimated close to $900,000.  We are working hard to get our ministries up and running and to serve the people who count on us.  It is hard to believe, but many of our ministries remain without power and waiting for the resources to rebuild.  Thank you to all who have so graciously supported our efforts in this moment of need.  Your support has immediate impact.  We are grateful but realize we have much more to do.  We remain committed to the people of Puerto Rico that count on us.

400 Year Anniversary

Please notice our logo directly above this paragraph.  The logo was designed to incorporate our Development Office’s Compassion Challenge Campaign with two very special anniversaries for the Piarist Fathers this year: the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Piarist Fathers and the 250th anniversary of the canonization of St. Joseph Calasanz, who is the founding father of the Piarist Fathers.  The logo represents the shield of the Piarist Fathers.  There is a heart superimposed on the founding Father, St. Joseph Calasanz.  It symbolizes his compassion and our Order’s compassion for the lives, which he and we have and continue to touch through our ministries.  I invite you to visit our web pages (piarist.info and piaristchallenge.com) to learn more about our Order and the 400 years of service by the Piarist Fathers. Compassion is the response to the suffering of others.  It motivates a desire to help.  It motivates people to go out of their way to help with the physical, spiritual or emotional hurts or pains of another

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Piarist Fathers are launching The Piarist Fathers Compassion Challenge.  “Helping us to help others” is at the heart of the Challenge.  Today, more than ever, we need your help.

Our religious order, The Piarist Fathers, was founded in the 17th century by Saint Joseph Calasanz.  He was a pioneer in educating children and young people from the earliest years.  In fact, we are the first religious order dedicated to teaching in the history of the Church.  In the United States and Puerto Rico, we have a long history of more than 60 years of educating young generations.  On June 12, 2012, Piarists from the regions of the United States and Puerto Rico merged into one Province.  Our mission is to follow Christ and to serve the Church by administering effectively to the educational needs of children and youth, especially the poor.  We work in schools, parishes, a seminary, Hispanic ministry and a Latin mission.

Bronx, NY:  St. Helena Parish and School, Monsignor Scanlan High School

Coto Laurel (Ponce), PR: Colegio Ponceno

Devon, PA:  Devon Preparatory School

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Cardinal Gibbons High School

Macuspana, Tabasco, Mexico: The Piarist Fathers Latin Mission

Martin, KY: The Piarist School

Miami, FL: Casa Calasanz (house of formation)

Miami, FL: Southeast Pastoral Institute (SEPI)

New York City, NY: Annunciation Parish

Playa de Ponce, PR: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and School

Ponce, PR: Piarist Seminary of Father Jose Mateo

Rio Piedras (San Juan), PR: Colegio Calasanz and the Parish of the Divine Savior

Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America

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