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 el salvador mission

Church of st. dominic

Since 2004, St. Dominic has developed a strong relationship with our sister parish, Santo Domingo, in Chiltiupan, El Salvador. Our goal is to live in solidarity with our Salvadoran friends so that we may see the face of Christ in them, in ourselves, and in all whom we meet. We seek to strengthen the bonds of friendship between our two parishes through mission trips and parish initiatives that support faith-based relationships, education, financial independence, and healthcare in Chiltiupan.

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Mission Trips

These 5-7 day travel experiences provide parishioners with the life-changing opportunity to build relationships with our Salvadoran brothers and sisters, learn more about their culture, and grown in faith with God and one another.

  • Relational Trips (for parishioners of all ages and backgrounds): February and November
  • Medical Trips (for doctors, dentists, nurses, and other medical professionals): April and October
  • Youth Trip (for high school students and their parents): June

For more information about upcoming mission trips, contact Jodie Bowers, Pastoral Associate, at 216-991-1444 or

Living The Mission

Parishioners recently returned from the annual teen mission trip to El Salvador, where Maggie Dant captured this video of her experience. Check it out!

"These, my much loved ones, are the bequests which I leave to you as my sons; have charity among yourselves; hold fast to humility; keep a willing poverty."

-St. Dominic

Parish Initiatives

As a result of their mission trips to El Salvador, St. Dominic parishioners have created several initiatives and enterprises to assist the people of Chiltiupan, lift them out of poverty, and recognize the God-given dignity of every person. The St. Dominic initiatives in El Salvador include:

  • ESSEM: financing a farm through the El Salvador Sustainable Economy Mission  >> Visit Website
  • ESSOC: providing college scholarships for students of Chiltiupan  >> Learn More
  • Clinic Committee: providing financial support for the salaries of the clinic staff as well as much-needed prescription drugs  >> Learn More
  • El Salvador Education Committee: educational assistance for Chiltiupan schools (Grades K-12)  >> Learn More
  • Santa Rosa Stitches: Chiltiupan women who sell knit and crochet items to support their families  >> Visit Website
  • Christmas Collections: Each year, St. Dominic parishioners donate money at Christmas to fund critical needs of our brothers and sisters in Chiltiupan.  Past campaigns include smokeless mission stoves, concrete baños, solar-powered LED lanterns, and chicken coops (complete with chicks and feed).
  • Water Infrastructure Project with Rotary International: bringing clean water to the outlying cantons of Chiltiupan
  • CLAM: support for the Cleveland Latin American Mission Team members serving in El Salvador  >> Visit Website
  • Nelson's Carvings: St. Dominic has started a wood carving business for a young man with cerebral palsy.  Please contact us if you would like Nelson to hand carve a crucifix, religious figure, icon, portrait or another image.
  • Wedding Jewelry: St. Dominic parishioners donate old jewelry and costume jewelry for the people of Chiltiupan who cannot afford wedding bands and are interested in getting married.

For more information about any of these initiatives, contact Jodie Bowers, Pastoral Associate, at 216-991-1444 or .

Our Faith In Action

Check out our video from the Teen Mission Trip to El Salvador!