St. Joseph around the World
Arcatao, El Salvador
Since 1987, St. Joseph Parish/School has enjoyed a relationshop with the Jesuit parish of San Bartolomé (or Saint Bartholomew) in Arcatao, El Salvador. During the civil war, the St. Joseph community advocated for, prayed with, and supported the members of San Bartolomé as they struggled under the yoke of civil war.
While this is a relationship of accompaniment more than one based on missions, St. Joseph still provides help with scholarships, funding their new water system, and other causes to help solidify their community. Recently, the Sister Parish Committee began supporting the creation of a night class to teach illiterate adults to read and write.
To date, more than 150 members of the St. Joseph community have travelled to Arcatao to to visit, work with, and experience life in our sister parish. Without exception, every delegate was deeply moved by experiencing another culture, staying in their homes, and living a life unlike anything in Seattle.
Beginning in 2008, St. Joseph Parish/School has been in relationship with St. Joseph Parish/School in Kinango, Kenya, part of the Archdiocese of Mombassa, Kenya. Each year, a delegation of teachers, former students, and parish members from the St. Joseph community has travelled to Kinango to visit the school and parish. During their time in Kinango, delegation members teach lessons at the school, visit parishioners' homes, attend parish meetings and learn a great deal about Kenyan culture.
The summer of 2011 marked the completion of the George Hofbauer Learning Center at St. Joseph School in Kinango. The building adds much needed space for both the teachers and students of St. Joseph, Kinango. Currently, members of the sister parish committee are working on securing grant monies to create a computer lab in the center.
The St. Joseph, Seattle community is currently sponsoring four students from St. Joseph, Kinango as they move from grade 8 to high school. These students were chosen by the
community in Kinango because of their academic promise
and financial need.