On April 16, 2016 a 7.8 magnitude-quake struck the northwest section of Ecuador. Over 650 people died in the earthquake including Sr. Clare Theresa Crockett, 33, a Servant Sister of the Home of the Mother. On May 1st, first responders rescued a 72 year old man.
Some of the US based missionaries in Ecuador are: Sisters of Charity, Maryknoll Sisters, Comboni Fathers, Comboni Missionary Sisters, Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales, Jesuits, and the Society of Divine Word.
Call to Action: The Servant Sisters are hosting short term mission trips. For more information, contact the Servant Sisters at firstname.lastname@example.org. FOCUS has mission trips already organized for Ecuador. For more information, contact Jeff Runyan@focus.org. Please let us know if there are other groups organizing mission trips Ecuador.
Emergency Relief is being provided by Catholic Relief Services and Caritas International. A bilingual information flyer is available for download.
Church Reconstruction – The Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America intends to make emergency grants for church reconstruction in Ecuador. The Collection for the Church in Latin America is also assessing the impact to church structures including parishes, schools, and diocesan offices. The Pontifical Mission Societies has also established a campaign to help rebuild the church in Ecuador – you can link to their donation page here.
Recovery efforts have already begun by a number of the religious communities who are helping to rebuild churches, schools, and other ministries. Information is available for download from the following groups:
Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales – Appeal to Help Rebuild Schools
Society of the Divine Word – link to article here.
Water with Blessing – An opportunity to help provide clean water.
Church in Ecuador: It is estimated that there are 16 million people living in Ecuador; 80% are Catholic. There are 16 dioceses and 8 vicariates. Ecuador declared independence August 10, 1809. Spain arrived in Ecuador in 1525.
The 7.8-magnitude quake, which struck on the night of April 16, 2016, has killed at least 413 people, officials said Monday. More than 2,500 more were injured. Click here for our Mobilizing for Mission article.