BY 25 OCTOBER, The appeal has raised £7,492 so far. MAY GOD BLESS YouR GENEROSITY!


“I am pleased to thank you with all my heart for your generous contribution and that of your community to our work of education in Guano. … As you know, the García Moreno School at Guano gathers 550 students from families that, generally, are very poor. It is an old school that requires constant maintenance and repairs. We must necessarily work by stages but, thank God, we have completed several new classrooms, and a multipurpose assembly hall. We are waiting for the National Heritage Directorate’s authorization to rebuild the old building. We are now able to provide better quality education. … Please let my gratefulness be known to all the kind donors and tell them that I and our people will be praying for them” (Letter sent by email on 27 October 2017).

Bishop Julio Parrilla Diaz of Riobamba in Ecuador has asked the Oratory Parish to help with a Catholic school in his diocese. “Garcia Moreno” Catholic School at Guano provides for 550 boys and girls from one of the poorest areas in the Andean region of Ecuador. Urgent repair work is needed in school buildings, as well as the lodgings of the new community of religious sisters who will run the school. Scroll down for the letter from Bishop Parrilla Diaz and for a report on the school (in the Spanish original and in English translation), as well as for several photos that show the damaged buildings. The school is owned and financed by the Diocese of Riobamba, and it largely depends on the mode st means of the local community. Any help for this very worthwhile project will be greatly appreciated! To send a donation or to request further information, please contact Fr Michael Lang at the Oratory House or email