An Update from Fr. Nick Harding, OMI
Fr. Nick Harding -a beloved Oblate who is known for doing work throughout Latin America- writes to the Missionary Oblates to give us a brief update about his current missionary assignment in Peru.
I arrived in Peru in February. I am assigned to the “sierra” part of Peru….high Andes with snow-capped mountains all year long. But within the diocese of Huancayo we have a section of jungle.
The people are mostly indigenous farmers. We have over 200 types of potatoes…including blue and yellow and purple. I eat Quinoa (which also comes in many varieties) every morning. We get many exotic fruits such as chirimoya, granadilla, pitaya. The people make a living off the land…see attached photo I recently took of a family on a burro. Note they put ribbons on their animals for feast days of saints. Also, wife/mother is clinging to tail as the walk up a hill.
Even though for centuries the Catholic faith has prevailed, there are very few priests for vast areas and many sects. Also, secularism has been affecting the youth. So there is plenty of evangelization as we accompany the people and try to help them also be missionaries.
I have received a boost in my own faith as I see their piety and sense of community.
Please keep us in your prayers for we are one big Catholic family!
With prayers, in Christ’s love….Fr. Nicholas Harding, OMI