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Costa Rica Companion Diocese Relationship

The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and the Episcopal Diocese of Costa Rica have been in a Companion Diocese Relationship for over 50 years.  St. Alban’s has been privileged to participate in this relationship through our companion partnership with Congregación Cristo Resucitado, in Heredia, a large suburb of San Jose, and through other ministries and missions.  Over the years, we’ve:

  • Visited and worshipped with our friends at Cristo Resucitado, while on mission trips.
  • Hosted Costa Rican clergy who came to “up north” to work on their English, and hosted Bishop Hector Monterroso on some of his trips to North Carolina.
  • Sponsored Clarence Fox to serve as Companion Diocese Officer in Costa Rica, and supported other missioners to help in Costa Rica with summer mission trips and vestry development.
  • Helped with the founding and construction of Hogar Escuela Heredia, a mission of the Diocese and Cristo Resucitado.  The Hogar Escuela is a pre-school, day care, after-school program, and job training center for moms whose children attend.  Hogar Escuela Heredia serves families in the Guarari community, a very low-income neighborhood in Heredia.
  • Provided operating funds for the Hogar Escuela Heredia.
  • Helped initiate and participated in an inter-diocesan exchange of lay leaders to work on mutual vestry and lay leadership development, under a grant from Trinity Church, Wall Street’s Global Partnerships Fund.
  • Sponsored several mission trips for adults and youth to work in Costa Rica.
  • Taken the Canterbury students to Costa Rica on two mission trips.

We hope to take an adult group to Costa Rica for a medical mission this year or next, and also to participate in the dedication of the reconstructed Iglesia La Ascensión in Desamparados, on which we’ve also worked.

For more information or to get involved in this wonderful relationship, please see Deacon Rebecca, Clarence Fox, or Father Greg.