Provincial Custody of Mary, Mother of Mercy in Central America
Mother Province: Province of Our Lady of Consolation in the USA (OLC)
In 1945, friars from the former Province of the Immaculate Conception in the USA arrived in Costa Rica to tend to that country’s pastoral needs. The friars had been invited by the Most Reverend Vicente Juan SOLÍS FERNÁNDEZ, Bishop of Alajuela. The first missionaries were Friars Eugenio ZWALL; Basil CORBETT; Bonaventure IMHOFF; David SCHULZE; Roman ONDECKO; Hilary MIKETINAC; Eustache BROSENNE; and Bertrand HODES.
Today, the Jurisdiction has twenty-four solemnly professed friars, seven simply professed friars, and seven friaries.
La Asunción de Belén: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Friary
This friary was erected on February 9, 1989, as a postulancy house. Currently the friars offer formation and carry out local pastoral ministry.
Alajuela: Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Friary
This friary was erected in 1950. It is home to the Custodial Curia. The friars carry out pastoral ministry for the local faithful.
San José (Moravia): San Francisco de Asís Friary
This friary was erected on March 20, 1950. The friars run a school and the San Francisco College. They also carry out charitable and social activities.
San Salvador: San Antonio de Padua Friary
This presence of the friars began in 1994. The friary serves as a formation house. The friars carry out pastoral ministry in the neighboring parishes.
Guatemala City: San Francisco de Asís Friary and Parish
This presence began in 2012. The friars are entrusted with the pastoral care of the parish. They lead various groups for spiritual formation and carry out various local charitable initiatives.
Campamento (Olancho): Santa Ana Friary and Parish
This friary was erected in 1983. The friars are entrusted with the pastoral care of the parish and carry out various academic activities for young people. One of the missionaries of the Custody of Central America, Friar Casimir CYPHER, was martyred on June 25, 1975. His cause for beatification is ongoing.
Comayagüela: San José de Cupertino Friary
This friary was erected in 1979. The friars serve at the local parish and conduct various charitable activities in the area.
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