Posted by Kim Myers


As part of the 2018 Missionary Cooperation Plan, St Stanislaus will again host a mission organization at our parish. The weekend of June 30 and July 1, Hugh Smeltekop, who represents the Carmen Pampa Fund, will be visiting with us at mass times. Carmen Pampa Fund supports education for the children of impoverished farmers in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America. Carmen Pampa Fund was started by St. Paul resident Dick Leahy, and the first Board of Directors was composed of graduates of the Nazareth Hall Seminary. Carmen Pampa Fund’s efforts support the Unidad Academica Campesina-Carmen Pampa, a Catholic college located in the Diocese of Coroico on the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains. Funds generated will go toward professor salaries, supporting five majors that support rural growth: agronomy, veterinary science, public health nursing, education and ecotourism. Over 650 graduates of these programs are already working in microfinance, local government, rural health clinics, rural schools, their own small businesses, and non-profits that help empower others.  We welcome Hugh to our parish!