Three Bishops Visit San Jose’s Inner City

For the last two years, my husband John Plocher and I have been volunteer after-school tutors once a week at Santa Maria Urban Ministry (SMUM) in the inner city of San Jose, California. Today, SMUM hosted a lunch and tour for three bishops: our own Bishop Mary plus the two Bishops of our Companion Diocese who are visiting this week:

John and I were invited both as volunteers and because we serve on SMUM’s Board. I wore the Tanzanian dress I bought yesterday from Margaret Mpango (Bishop Gerard’s wife). Rev. Lorenzo Robles, his wife Carmen and the SMUM volunteers told the Bishops and their staff about the many programs managed out of this small building, including: food and clothing distribution, a preschool and after school program, tax services, a computer room, family counseling, and soon: a small medical clinic.

Katy and Tanzanian Visitors

Katy and Tanzanian Visitors, SMUM San Jose California, Margaret Mpango, Epiphania Nkala, Katy Dickinson, Daniel Nyugwa, Gervas Ntahamba
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Greetings at SMUM

Greetings, SMUM San Jose California, Mary Gray-Reeves, Gerard Mpango, Michael Perham, Joanna Shreve, Jesus Mario Murillo, Daniel Nyugwa, Gervas Ntahamba, Amy Denny-Zuniga
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
SMUM Presentation

SMUM Presentation, San Jose California, Lorenzo Robles, Carmen Robles, Mary Gray-Reeves, Gerard Mpango, Michael Perham, Ann Wright, Jesus Mario Murillo, Daniel Nyugwa, Robert Seifert, Gervas Ntahamba, Epiphania Nkala, Brian Nordwick
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Lunch Line at SMUM

Lunch Line at SMUM, SMUM San Jose California, Carmen Robles, Mary Gray-Reeves, Gerard Mpango, Michael Perham, Daniel Nyugwa, Margaret Mpango, Robert Seifert, Jesus Reyes, Gervas Ntahamba
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Lunch at SMUM

Greetings, SMUM San Jose California, Michael Perham, John Plocher, Lawrence Robles, Carmen Robles, Daniel Nyugwa, Gervas Ntahamba
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Reading Email at SMUM

Reading Email at SMUM, San Jose California, Daniel Nyugwa, Margaret Mpango, Katy Dickinson, Gervas Ntahamba
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
3 Bishops, Carmen, Lawrence

Three Bishops at SMUM, San Jose California, Mary Gray-Reeves, Gerard Mpango, Michael Perham, Lorenzo Robles, Carmen Robles
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Bishop Gerard & Carmen

SMUM, San Jose California, Gerard Mpango, Carmen Robles
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
3 Bishops with computers

Three Bishops with computers at SMUM, San Jose California, Mary Gray-Reeves, Gerard Mpango, Michael Perham, Lorenzo Robles, Carmen Robles, Katy Dickinson, Epiphania Nkala
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Images Copyright 2009 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

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