History of the Mission
By the request of Pope John XXIII, Augustinian Friars from the Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel (Midwest) in the United States began missionary work in Peru in 1964. In 1968 friars from the Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova (East Coast) opened a parish in Chulucanas, called San José Obrero. In 1986 the region became the Vicariate of Chulucanas under the auspices of the Midwest Province.
Mission Sites across Peru
Today the Augustinians serve in the northern desert cities of Chulucanas and Morropón, plus the Andean mountain town of Pacaipampa. Along the Pacific coastline, we have a novitiate house in Lima and a house of the professed in Trujillo. The Augustinian ministry recently expanded to include a parish and school in Pacasmayo.
Bishop Daniel Turley, O.S.A., is the bishop of Chulucanas. The vicariate is presently served by eight friars from the United States along with 19 solemnly professed Peruvian Augustinians. There are also 25 Peruvians in the Vicariate of Chulucanas preparing for religious life and priesthood, joined by another 25 Peruvians from other vicariates in Peru.
In 2002, the Augustinian Volunteers began sending lay volunteers to the Mission site in Chulucanas, Peru. The volunteers live in community together and serve in a variety of ministries, including work at a Catholic school, teaching English, running health programs and justice and peace programs.