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.