After nearly eight years of gathering outdoors, under a tent to celebrate Mass, parishioners at San Viator Church in Bogotá have reason to celebrate: Construction on their parish has begun.

Fr. Edgar Suarez holds the building permit needed to start construction of San Viator Church.

“For the parish community it has been blessing and a great joy to begin construction,” says Fr. Edgar Suarez, CSV, Pastor. “It is a great sign of life and hope that motivates us to continue working for the  Kingdom of God in this sector of the city in our Archdiocese of Bogotá.”

The parish is located in the northern section of Bogotá, in the Torremolinos neighborhood. The vibrant area is home to a large number of schools, universities, sports and social clubs, retreat houses and religious communities.

A rendering of the future parish

Even without a church building, the parish has grown to serve 1,000 families, who are engaged in various apostolic ministries.

“Our work is advancing with each passing day,” Fr. Suarez says. “Little by little, the dream we envisioned is becoming a reality, thanks to the work, commitment and effort of all who make up this parish family of San Viator.

“As a Viatorian, I continue to be excited to fulfill this work that the Lord has placed in my hands,” he adds, “to continue building a Viatorian parish community where faith is lived, deepened and celebrated — and to continue building this church for the glory of God and the service of the community.”