March 2016 Newsletter 35 Years – the Living Legacy of the North American Churchwomen

35 Years – the Living Legacy of the North American Churchwomen       Hundreds attend a memorial celebration at the Ursuline Mother House on December 2, 2015   Jean Donovan’s daily diary from 1980 Aug. 7th highlight: “Ron [in Chaletango] has 23 children in his house to be evacuated.” August 18th highlight: “Ken came home […]

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March 2016 Newsletter Executive Director

From the Peace Mission’s Executive Director By Mary K. Stevenson Many of COAR’s supporters are not Catholic. But they appreciate the spirit and integrity with which we approach our Catholic mission. Being Catholic also gives us centuries of experience and wisdom to draw upon. St. Francis de Sales was bishop of Geneva from 1602-1622, while […]

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Two great new workshops: Dress Making & Handicrafts

Anyone with teenagers knows that kids are not always “motivated” by the intrinsic joy of traditional academics. Now, COAR offers several wonderful semester long workshops designed to supplement the traditional academic disciplines.  These workshops play a much larger role than you might, at first, suspect.   Pictured above, three graduates from the dress making workshop […]

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December 2015 Newsletter Eternal Triangle

The (obvious) eternal triangle Coffee The World Champion Barista of 2011 was Alejandro Mendez of San Salvador. Some our visitors were lucky enough to meet him in 2014 and get a specially brewed cup of coffee. El Salvador is a land of (wonderful!) coffee. However, the crop has been devastated by coffee-leaf rust fungus since 2000. […]

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December 2015 Newsletter Holiday Stories

Special Holiday Stories Christmas Feasting ~ food, never taken for granted     The real meaning of Christmas is never forgotten. Above, the children re-enacting the Nativity. A traditional Salvadoran candle-lit procession (a “posada”), below.   A typical day’s food ready for housemother pick-up at COAR’s store house.  Our Director, Marta, has been very successful […]

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December 2015 Newsletter Executive Director

From the Peace Mission’s Executive Director By Mary K. Stevenson So, “Send forth your bread upon the face of the waters; after a long time you may find it again.”, ECCLESIASTES 11:1 Let me share some responses to my September message, that we need to increase our income by $50,000/year to keep up with increased […]

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Possible Food Shortage: Central America Suffers Unusual Drought Due to El Nino

The climate in El Salvador is quite different from what we are used to in the northern MidWest. Our winter, roughly November thru April, is actually the Salvadoran summer. It is the dry and sunny season. There is almost no significant rainfall during this time of year. It is the beach-lovers paradise: tons of sun […]

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