Gangs Threaten All Civil Society: Worst violence since the WAR

“The violence is terrible.  Gangs occupy every inch of this country.  If you are young and you enter a neighborhood where you don’t live, they will shoot you dead on the spot.  It has not been this bad since the war!  No one is safe” remarked Rebeca (name changed for her protection).   During our last […]

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Serving the Kids at COAR: A Letter of Introduction From the Congregation: Our Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza

Three years ago, a missionary community from Spain contacted Archbishop Escobar to ask if they could be of service to children in El Salvador.  The Archbishop welcomed them and suggested that they contact COAR Children’s Village.  Since then, COAR has been home to four wonderful Catholic nuns who tutor our children, organize religious formation, lead […]

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Blessed Romero’s Relics Visit COAR’s Chapel & Zaragoza

The Relics of Blessed Romero are traveling across El Salvador and visiting parishes and cathedrals throughout the country. As they pass through La Libertad, COAR Children’s Village was honored to welcome the procession to the COAR Chapel (June 2017). The relics continued through Zaragoza, in a procession in which the entire 900+ students in the […]

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COAR Kids Volunteer at Cancer Hospital: Divina Providencia

On Sunday, April 2nd, a group of COAR teenagers visited the Divina Providencia Cancer Hospital to visit with the patients and learn the value of volunteering and serving others in need. The hospital was opened in 1969 by the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of Santa Teresa who wanted to give poor Salvadorans a place to stay […]

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25 Years After the Peace Accords: Catholic Church Still Planting Seeds of Hope

The banners on several online Salvadoran newspapers have recently proclaimed that it is the “25th Anniversary of the Peace Accords”.  In an act of national reflection, online papers have begun to dedicate space to a societal discussion of what has changed in El Salvador since the Peace Treaty.   Surprisingly, most of the discussion refers […]

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1st time ever: COAR WINNER: Scholarship to the Jesuit University (UCA)

COAR had a simple beginning.  War was raging in the countryside and displaced families, women and children were fleeing to the outskirts of San Salvador for safety.  A Cleveland priest working in the parish of Zaragoza in El Salvador noticed the growth in child war refugees and decided to do something about it.  Through the […]

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Religious Retreats at COAR: Love of God, Dialog and Reflection

Besides weekly masses, religion classes, catechism classes, 1st Communion, Confirmation, and baptisms, COAR is working in partnership with the Sisters of Our Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza to offer our teens religious retreats where they can be open, honest and reflective about God, spirituality, moral decision making and their own self reflection, fears, and […]

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