Vecinos Seguros ministers to the area Latino population. It is headed by the Rev. John Carter, better known as Padre Juan, who is the retired Rector of St. John’s Church in Salisbury. Padre Juan began began his ministry to this community at St. John’s. Following his retirement, with the assistance of the Diocese of Connecticut, he brought Vecinos Seguros — better known as VS — to Trinity.
VS aids a population that is largely invisible here in the Northwest Corner and nearby New York State. In many cases at least one family member is undocumented. Commonly, a family consists of an undocumented husband and father, a naturalized wife (who often also works), and children. The children may be American citizens by birth, naturalized, undocumented, or DREAMers. Governmental enforcement actions often takes one or both of the parents from the family, leaving the remainder of the family destitute.
Until COVID-19, a monthly Misa (Mass) for the Lantino community was an important part of Vecinos Seguros activity. Frequently supported by Music Director Christine Gevert (who is Chilean herself) the services often also included guest musicians. Misa, unfortunately, is on hold for the time being due to COVID.
Currently Vecinos Seguros (or VS as we usually refer to it) is dealing directly with the needs of the Latino community. Housing, food, the basics of life — and VS is generously supported by many in the larger community in these efforts.
Here is a recent newsletter about VS activities:
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