The Latin American Mission Program (LAMP) of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlottetown is preparing to send a new missionary to the Dominican Republic.
Ryan MacRae of Stratford has completed a six-session orientation to the mission and has been studying Spanish.
Bishop Richard Grecco will preside over a missioning ceremony during the Sunday mass at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Stratford on Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. All are welcome.
The process and content of the ceremony affirms that MacRae is being sent by the Diocese of Charlottetown to the church in the Dominican Republic.
In the DR, the Misioneros del Sacrado Corazón (Missionaries of the Sacred Heart) in Santiago de los Caballeros will receive MacRae as an associate member. This church organization has been a LAMP partner and supporter for many years.
He will live with a Dominican family to be introduced to the culture, and to improve his Spanish.
MacRae will become part of an organization, Fondación Mujer Iglesia (Woman-Church Foundation), which is designed to improve the lives of impoverished families in the region by community organizing to develop the economic and social self-reliance of women.
LAMP member, Fr. Eddie Cormier, currently in the Dominican Republic, will introduce MacRae to church officials and to the leadership of Mujer Iglesia, which also is a LAMP partner organization.
MacRae will begin his work orientation within a few weeks after his arrival.
The P.E.I. orientation program in which he participated included such themes as: Introduction to LAMP’s History and Mission; History of the Dominican Republic; Dominican Politics; Dominican Church Reality; Faith of the Dominican People; Theology of Liberation; Dominican Republic Economy and the Environment; Two Structural Frameworks – Charity and Social Justice; Canadian Cultural Baggage; and Dominican Culture.
MacRae has an academic and work history, which is an impressive grounding for his life and work in the Dominican Republic, noted a LAMP release. A recent graduate of Mount Allison University, he studied the economic impacts on the environment and capitalism’s disproportionate global effects. His work and volunteer experiences as a student included: Global Brigade in rural Hondurus as part of the Microcredit Brigade; the UYP Refugee Project in Ankara, Turkey, concerned with the influx of Syrian refugees; and Divest MTA, as part of a movement to urge the university to withdraw its investment from the fossil fuel industries.
Last summer he worked as a junior forest ranger crew leader in Alberta and recently as an elementary school tutor. His special interest in economics led to his becoming a micro-economics teaching assistant for the past two years.
The formal mission in the Dominican Republic will begin on MacRae’s arrival to the country on Feb. 3.