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Guatemala Insight by Elizabeth Bell

The new hospital has been under construction and is now ready to house up to 250 residents.

author/historian

A Dream Come True

for the Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro

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Residents

he pilgrimage for resident patients with multiple disabilities from their home at the Hospital del Santo Hermano Pedro in La Antigua Guatemala to Virgen del Socorro—on the road to Santa María de Jesús—was an event celebrated by many with great jubilee on Dec. 3 of 2016! The new hospital has been under construction and is now ready to house up to 250 residents. This is a dream come true for thousands who have worked on this project since 1980. These permanent residents with cerebral palsy, psychomotor impairment, convulsive syndrome and other disorders receive long-term, loving care. Many have nowhere to turn, as their families abandoned them years ago. This will also allow for more clinics and operating rooms for the hospital in town. Fray Guillermo Bonilla was spiritually moved when he walked by the San Francisco Church one night as Fray Augusto Monasterio was opening Hermano Pedro’s tomb to confirm his remains for beatification in June of 1980. Fray Guillermo was overwhelmed by the fragrance of roses, known as “odor of sanctity,” and was inspired to help the poor and needy, much as Santo Hermano Pedro had before his death in 1667. 14

Setting up various homes throughout Antigua, Fray Guillermo’s project was growing quickly with many of these patients making fabulous recoveries. Locals were taking food, helping with donations for rent and staff payments, and volunteering. When a group of us, including the mayor and experts from the National Council for the Protection of La Antigua Guatemala, toured the various houses that Fray Guillermo was renting in the early 1980s, it became clear that one better, less-expensive, location was needed. The Obras received permission to use the old colCeremonies at the Hospital del Santo Hermano Pedro in La Antigua.

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