On Monday of orientation week we pretty much stay at the Diocesan Center. Walter and I talk about the history of Panamá and the history of the Anglican/Episcopal Church in Panamá. We also watch a video about the history of Panamá from the time of the Conquistadores to just after the U.S. Invasion of 1989. On Tuesday we had some more discussion and watched the film The Panama Deception. Sometimes we also watch a film about the Invasion produced by the U.S. State Department; it's different than the Panama Deception, as one might guess. On Wednesday morning we participated in the Mass for the Teachers of the Episcopal Schools. In the afternoon we went to Panamá Viejo, the site of the original Panamá City, burned down by
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Padre Eladio talks with Walter, Phyliss, Reagan, and David, while Padre Mickey wanders about taking photos.
Iglesia Episcopal San José. The Crucifix and the statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and San José y el Santo Niño were all carved by one of Padre Eliado's predecessors.
Instituto Episcopal San José en La Chorrera. The kids were all out of school for trimester break.
School Cafeteria kitchen
Iglesia El Buen Pastor
Graffiti en El Chorillo, on the way to Casco Viejo. The barriada of El Chorillo was razed to the ground during the Invasion in 1989.
Iglesia San José en Casco Viejo. Some of this altar is actual gold, and some of it is wood painted gold. Back with this church was in Panamá Viejo and there were rumours that that bastid Morgan was on his way, the altar was dismantled, painted black, and hidden in the tropical forest. Way cool, huh?
Plenty side-altars y Santos!
At the Panama Canal