In September 2022, the Pastoral Institute for the Family (INFAM) in Canto Grande, Peru, will celebrate 25 years of service to poor families in the area. The motto for the anniversary, 25 Years Walking with the Family, captures the spirit in which INFAM, which is a part of Holy Cross Family Ministries, has sought to carry out its mission.
“We believe that in this service we make the journey together as friends of Jesus and in the light of his Spirit, we serve and teach the families and let ourselves be taught by them,” said Fr. Aníbal Niño C.S.C., Director of INFAM. “The learning journey of all these years is mutual because it is the Spirit of Jesus who continues to guide our service.”
As part of the yearlong celebration of the anniversary, INFAM will host a monthly conference on the family. The first convocation was held via ZOOM on Thursday, February 24, and over 80 people participated.
The special guest to help launch the anniversary celebrations was Fr. David Farrell, C.S.C., the founder of INFAM, and the Patricio Peyton Center, which houses the institute.
Fr. Farrell shared that "INFAM was created to meet the needs of the poor families of Canto Grande, and for this reason, it must offer an integral service, where the prayer of the holy rosary and the social service to the families are not opposed, but meet in the way of service; in this way prayer leads to service and service leads to prayer.”
The following conferences will be held every fourth Wednesday of the month in the auditorium of the Patricio Peyton Center, with the participation of different specialists in the topics to be presented. The anniversary celebration will culminate the week of September 19-25 with various activities.
"We are grateful to God for this journey that we have made together with Jesus and our mother the Virgin Mary. We pray that through the intercession of Father Patricio Peyton, we may continue with this legacy that God entrusted to him and that we continue today," said Fr. Niño.