Quesada, Costa Rica, Aug 2, 2018 / 12:25 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Diocese of Quesada in Costa Rica has set up two reception centers to serve the Nicaraguan refugees fleeing the violence that has plagued their country for nearly four months.
The centers are offering food, clothing, and orientation materials for those passing through the area. They have been set up at Saint Raphael the Archangel parish in Pavón de Los Chiles and Saint Anthony of Padua parish in Pital de San Carlos.
Bishop José Manuel Garita Herrera of Quesada announced the opening of the reception centers in a statement addressed to laity and priests.
The centers will operate Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Efforts will be coordinated by the diocesan social services ministry, as well as priests and parish groups.
To ensure that the centers have an adequate supply of material resources, a collection for food and clothing will be made in all the parishes August 11 and 12. The bishop asked the faithful and people of good will to collaborate with this initiative.