Province “Our Lady of Chapi”


In January 1986 Fr. Reynaldo Anzulovich, parish priest in Suncho Corral (Argentina), whose patron is St. Rose of Lima, made a pilgrimage to Lima (Peru) to take some relics of the saint for his parish. There he met with the Archbishop of Cuzco, Monsignor Alcides Mendoza Castro, who invited the Institute to work in his archdiocese. After some letters to clarify the details, our missionaries arrived in this blessed land in February 1987. In March two priests began to work in the parish "Our Lady of the Assumption" in the town of Limatambo, Cuzco. The first IVE mission out of Argentina was born. The mission includes 6 parishes, located in different places in the south-eastern part of the country (mainly in the districts of Arequipa and Cuzco). One of the greatest difficulties for our priests is the mission in mountain villages. The missions have a considerable extension, such as the parish "Santa Ana" in Chuquibamba, which is in charge of 5 more parishes and 106 villages; or the parish "San Martin de Tours" in Cotahuasi, in charge of 11 parishes, 175 villages and 2 sanctuaries. Moreover, those places are often difficult to reach. In these villages the Religious Family organizes popular missions and other activities. In Arequipa the young people who desire to follow their vocation to the priesthood are formed in the Junior Seminary "Saint Andreas Tianquing", in the Novitiate "Saint Toribio de Mongrovejo" and then in the Seminary"Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro". The Diocesan Seminary "Saint Ambrogio" can count on the help of our missionaries for the formation. A notable work of charity is the house "Saint Anibal of France" in Arequipa, for children with disabilities.