Belize: Feb. 1 – 13, 2013
In September of 2012 Bishops Dorick Wright and Christopher Glancy issued a letter of invitation to Catholic parishes and Catholic schools in Belize to get involved in efforts and initiatives to promote a “culture of peace”. This call was issued especially in light of increased incidence of crime in the country of Belize.
One very creative response founded by Fr. Matt Ruhl, SJ and coordinated by a group of parishioners of St. Martin De Porres in Belize City (SCNs’ parish) is to walk the entire length of the country of Belize — 300 hundred miles. The walkers over a period of thirteen days will walk beginning at the northern border of Belize (borders Mexico) at the Rio Hondo river and end in southern tip in the Toledo district (borders Guatemala).
The walk will be used as a “teaching moment” and is being done to inspire, to raise awareness and to remind all Belizeans in their role in promoting peace. It is also a reminder to protect and preserve the beauty of the nation Belize — that it not be destroyed by violence.
Barbara Flores, SCN, General Manager of Catholic Public Schools is organizing with school managers and administrators the large network of Catholic schools for participation and involvement in segments of the walk as the walkers arrive in villages, town and cities along the route.
Chris Kunze, SCN will be participant in this historic venture — walking for the first three days — a total of 75 miles beginning Friday, Feb. 1.
As we pray in a special way in support of the participants and organizers of this venture in the nation of Belize let us each be inspired in our role to be makers of peace.