Robert Charlton sscc
is the Pastor of Queen of Peace Church, Texas.
He is also the US Province Vocation Director and director of the Prenovitiate
The United States Province serves in two parishes in the Diocese of Brownsville, a region of the U.S.A. commonly known as the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) in South Texas. The four counties constituting the Diocese are on the border with eastern Mexico close to the Gulf of Mexico. The two parishes where we serve are approximately 15 miles north of the border. Traffic between the two countries passes through several border crossings that are policed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Services and the Border Patrol on the American side.
“I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.” -Saint Dominic Savio. These words of St. Dominic made me look back at my past experiences of where and how I started to give glory to my God despite of my littleness. These also made me evaluate myself of where I am in my relationship with Jesus and how far I am in my Christian Journey.
The Mentawai archipelago is a small archipelago located in the province of West Sumatra, known as Padang. Mons. Martinus Dogma Situmorang OFM Cap entrusted us there with a new parish, dismembered from the parish "Assumption of Mary". Our mission center is located on the island of Siberut, the largest island of the Mentawai archipelago, with a length of 112 kilometers and 40 kilometers in width, with a total of 4,480 square meters. Our parish, "Saint Damien", is located in the central region of the island of Siberut. We serve fourteen missionary stations within this parish, divided into three regions: San Miguel, San Gabriel and San Gabriel. According to our parish statistics for 2017, there are 4,747 parishioners, who are spread out throughout these fourteen stations or towns, located a good distance from our parish church and from one station to another.