Puerto Rico Recovery Mission Trip

August 12 – 18, 2018

The Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico is coordinating with volunteer agencies and groups from the mainland USA to assist in recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma and then from Hurricane Maria. Significant challenges remain in clean water supplies, electricity connection, sanitation, shelter, communications and other issues. Missioners are welcome to help in this recovery effort. We are pleased to announce that this year’s roster of participants is full!

Please read more about the trip (below) to see how you can be involved in supporting our efforts.


The team will be based at the Retreat Center for the Diocese of Puerto Rico in Trujillo Alto.

The Missionary Team

This year’s team is comprised of twelve people from churches and organizations throughout Lancaster County.

  • Saint James
  • St. John’s, Lancaster
  • Zion Lutheran, Manheim
  • Lancaster County Council of Churches
  • Order of St. Francis
  • Society of St. Francis

Recovery projects

Recovery projects will be based on the skill set of the missionary team. Major projects may include helping rebuild St. Timothy Episcopal Church (Misión Episcopal San Timoteo 49 Calle 37, Bayamón, 00961, Puerto Rico) or other jobs designated by the Diocese of Puerto Rico and/or other relief agencies. The jobs will most likely be very dirty and proper safety precautions will be taken. Safety instructions will be very important and ongoing. (Gloves, hats, safety glasses, dust masks, etc. will be needed.)

Transportation and Lodging

Br. Donald Dubay, OSF will go a few days early and get things in order for the team’s arrival including the teams’ accommodations and the supplies needed at the worksites. He will also be with the team throughout the duration of the trip to trouble shoot any issues and concerns. Missioners are required to purchase their flights to and from Puerto Rico. The Retreat Center will provide transportation to/from the job sites along with overnight accommodations (sleep, showers and meals). It is not known at this time if the center has air conditioning. The cost per day is $37 and includes 2 meals per day and towels. Missionaries will need to purchase any additional food and/or supplies.

Health Precautions and Preparations

The Centers for Disease Control has Puerto Rico listed as a Level 2 Practice Enhanced Precautions area concerning the Zika virus during August. Participants are being urged to have a conversation with their physician to see if this mission trip is appropriate and what vaccines are needed to help ensure their good health. Many physicians do not carry the vaccines; some are covered by insurance and some are not. It is recommended that immunizations take place 6 weeks before the trip for effectiveness.

Did you know?

In 2017, Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy protection and was then hit with the largest natural disaster in U.S. history, Hurricane Maria
(est. $100 billion in damages).
Islands of Puerto Rico

We’re having a fundraiser!

Stick around for lunch on May 20th, after the 10:30 AM mass for a cafeteria-style luncheon with authentic Puerto Rican cuisine. Free-will donations will be accepted to help offset mission trip expenses.

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Your donation can help too.

Monetary gifts can help offset travel & lodging expenses, tools and building materials. Select "Mission Trip" from the dropdown menu of giving options.

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