ST. RITA CLAM (Cleveland Latin American Mission) Team

 The Saint Rita CLAM Team will nurture relationships between St. Rita parishioners and our brothers and sisters in El Salvador through education information, group travel, mission trips, and sharing of funds and resources.

In this way we respond to our calling to care for and unite the Body of Christ.

St. Rita CLAM Team meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Office Emmaus Room.  For more information, contact Mary Ann Tinus at 440-668-2365, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

NEW SCHOOL:  Colegio Católico Misioneros de Cleveland
                           (Cleveland Missionaries' Catholic  School)

As of January, 2018, the Academy has transitioned to a (Certified) Grade School approved by the Salvadoran Ministry of Education and the Archdiocese of San Salvador. It serves grades 1-5. 

The goal is that the school can continue beyond the time the Mission church of St. Peter the Apostle is transitioned to the people of Teotepeque and our priests have returned to the U. S.  The major benefit to this is sustainability - the school will be a part of the Salvadoran education system.  Over time the government will start to pick up some of the costs, such as a portion of the teachers’ salaries, books, supplies, shoes and uniforms. 

We are proud to support the school by providing shoes, books, internet fees, among other expenses that have increased with its new certified classification.  If you are interested in assisting the school in its yearly budget of over $29,000, Fr. John would be most grateful.  You may write a check to St. Rita CLAM Team, and memo your check: Teotepeque School, placing your envelope in the Sunday collection or dropping it off at the Parish Office.

We will continue to share information as the school year progresses.  



MUCHAS GRACIAS for the homes donated in Teotepeque Parish 2016-2017
Our CLAM Team extends a huge thank you to our parishioners for your generosity to the Operation Rescue Housing Project in the Teotepeque area. To date,  19 houses ($38,000) have been donated.  Your kindness to the “poorest of the poor” has provided much improved living conditions.  The Operation Rescue goal is 100 houses.  To date, over 19 St. Rita houses have been donated, and over 65 have been built thus far.  To learn more about Operation Rescue, please see

If you would still like to contribute, please make your check payable to St. Rita CLAM Team, memo: housing project, and place in the collection basket or drop off at the Parish Office. 

During our 2017 trip we had the opportunity to witness the blessing of one of the homes donated by St. Rita Parish.   


 UPDATE ON LOS LOTES CHAPEL (2014-2015 Project)

Los Lotes Chapel – Named Santo Domingo, or St. Dominic, is now complete.  The plaque to thank St. Rita Parish hangs inside the chapel.  The members are most grateful to our parish for providing the funds to build this sacred space.  Thank you again, St. Rita!  Que Dios les bendiga….May God Bless YOU.

Past Projects of St. Rita CLAM Team

   We have donated:  rice and beans for the needy musical instruments
  educational assistance ceramic tile flooring for 3 chapels
  windows & paint for chapels corrugated aluminum for damaged roofs of the poor
  lunches for two schools  Spanish books
  bilingual books                  t-shirts
  dresses for quinceaneras money to help build part of the Catholic Academy
  money to raze the old green bldg. in Teotepeque $5,000 for La Pedrera’s chapel
  safer & healthier stoves for Chiltiupan  


 St. Rita parishioners have been traveling regularly over the years, visiting the martyrs’ sites, the various sites served by our missionaries, and just walking and praying with the Salvadoran people in their humble lives.

In 2017 eleven parishioners traveled to El Salvador to walk in solidarity with the people.  For several of these parishioners, this was not the first time.  A reflection from that trip is below.

Download Adobe ReaderEl Salvador Reflection by Maria Ulatowski

In 2015 eight parishioners, including three college students, traveled to these areas in El Salvador, led by Mark Janezic.  They were able to share a few of their reflections, as seen below. 

Download Adobe ReaderDave Blanchard
Download Adobe ReaderDaphne Held
Download Adobe ReaderHarry Smith
Download Adobe ReaderPat Basista

In 1964 the Diocese of Cleveland began its ministry to El Salvador after Pope John XXIII asked the diocesan bishops to consider taking steps to become part of the missionary work of the Church.  Since 1964 the  Diocese of Cleveland has had 31 diocesan priests, 30 women religious and 8 lay women serving in this Central American country. 

      The deaths of Cleveland Missionaries Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and lay missionary Jean Donovan in l980 thrust the existence of  the Cleveland Mission in El Salvador into the world’s eyes.   During the 12 years of civil war in the country, our missionaries maintained the presence of the Catholic Church.  The end of the civil war in El Salvador brought about the ability of ordinary parishioners from the Diocese to travel to the El Salvador Mission.  Since then, many of our Cleveland parishes travel on a regular basis to the missionaries’ towns  and the nearby cantóns or villages.  Many have formed a sister parish relationship with a particular village church.  These parish relationships have endured and are growing even stronger, as the number of religious missionaries from our diocese have decreased.

Use the link below to learn more about our own Cleveland connection to El Salvador.

Sr. Dorothy Kazel

For more information about the Cleveland Diocese's commitment to El Salvador, please see http://www.dioce



To learn more about the orientation of our missionaries before and after their assignments, please refer