Visit to Peru

(Fr Phil Bloom, May 26 - June 10, 2014)

Mass with Puno Bishop Jorge Carrion Pavlich, June 8


two men with Croatian grandparents

Sor Andrea, Dr. Tantalean, Bishop Carrion, Fr. B

Bob Lindenau children


L-R: Graciela (director of Bob Lindenau Tutoring Program), Kelly (Mary Bloom Center Receptionist), Dr. Ana, Dr. Martin Tantalean, Obst. Janina Tantalan, Obst. Luz Marron (MBC Director), Fr. B, Lisseth (MBC bookkeeper), Irma (volunteer)

Orphan girls - breakfast

Donors' Plaque

Pray for the Benefactors of the Mary Bloom Center Foundation

Obst. Luz Marron being interviewed by local television

Press Conference, June 6: Luz, Fr. Bob Hoffmann, Fr. B, Sor Maria Soncco

Fr. Bob cutting ribbon to classroom

René Calsín Anco (Governor of Puno Province= cutting ribbon to MBC clinic

View of MBC from Tacna Street

Dr. Ana with Hortencia trying out new exam table

Hortencia consulting with Obst. Luz

Mass with Fr. Bob Hoffmann, June 7

L-R: Frs. Narciso, Bob Hoffman, Phil B, Edgar Vitulas

Sor Andrea, Janina, Sor Miguelin, Sor Maria

Sor Maria - first reading

Offertory: symbols of bread & grapes

Obst. Janina Tantalean, Sor Miguelina (Superior of Vincentian Daughters of Charity in Peru), Sor Maria Soncco (in charge of Puno orphanage and school)m, Obst. Luz Marrn

Sor Miguelina assisting Fr. Hoffmann with blessing of renovated Mary Bloom Center

Blessing physiotherapy room

Jenny Apaza - degrees in physiotherapy and psychology

Obst. Janina Tantalean giving course on fertility awareness

showing hope to use chart & colors

with Sarah (volunteer teaching English for Bob Lindenau children)

Explaining prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

Healing Service with anointing of sick

Janina explaining symbols for phases of fertility

Dr. Tantalean leading discussion

Flier for Conference for Inauguration of renovated Center

with Luz & Janina in front of renovated center

Giving sun shower to Maria and her daughters, Luz Marina & Yanet

Obst. Luz & Dr. Ana presenting to Marisol sun shower and water purifier (gifts of Tom Morgan)

Moving into new office, evening of June 4

Nicanor & Jesus moving display stand

Dr. Ana with TV monitor, giving instructions for moving gynecological exam table

Irma supervising

Luz & Magali with her baby

Luz oveseeing display stand positioning

Irma and Graciela trying out waiting area bench

Crew after moving chairs, desks, files, etc.

Next morning, June 5: Luz, Franz & Dr. Ana setting up table

Cutting away to make logos, lettering

Irma, Luz & Nancy in kitchen area

Tania making lettering & logo

I told Tania that a single American boy might see this picture

My Peruvian goddaughter Danitza and her daughter Hade, June 4

with Hade

Bob Lindenau children after Mass for Graciela's brother, Hugo, who died tragically, June 3

Mass at Santiago Huancane with Fr. Edgar as concelebrant and homilist

June 1, Feast of the Ascension


Prayers for healing after Mass

with Frs. Edgar and Narciso by Cross of May

statue of St. James the Apostle in background

with Fr. Narciso Valencia

May 2014

Renovation of Mary Bloom Center

with contractor, May 30

Teofilo working on bathroom for clinic

Obst. Luz Marron (director of Mary Bloom Center) showing where clinic sink & sterilizer will be

Sink for kitchen

Room for bookkeeping & archives

Mary Bloom Center seen from classroom area

Gynecological Exam Table (just arrived)

new scale and chairs for receptionist & director

physiotherapy table (it has different positions)

banner announcing conference for inauguration (June 6-7)

Pilgrimage to shrine of Our Lady of Cancharani

far right - Sor Andrea organinzing children

Pilgrimages are girls from orphanage, Inmaculada School and Vincentian Marian Youth

Walking up Tacna Street

Carabaya Street - two hour walk to shrine

Sor Liz leading

Mass at Shrine

banner of Vincentian Marian Youth

with Sor Liz and pilgrims

Vincentian Marian Youth ("JuMaVi")

pilgrims with banners

girls enjoying lunch

Major Robert D Lindenau Tutoring Program

Tutors Magali & Darin; Director Graciela

Lunch of lentils, rice, & salad of tomatoes & oniones

with acolytes, Luis Felipe & Jose Alberto in church of St. John the Baptist, Yanahuara

Construction of new church in Ichu, near Puno

Fr Robert Hoffmann with some parishioners

putting up support for roof

Fr. Bob with crew chief, Hugo

cement and iron bars used for foundation

drilling through solid rock a few centimeters below surface

architect's projection

fiberglass sheets for roof

cement donated by people from Ichu who live in Lima

Overview showing old church & Fr. Bob with people from Ichu


Pictures from Previous Months:

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

Piligrimage to Peru 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

Photos of Centennial Celebration

July 2013

World Youth Day 2013

(about 40 pictures in a slide show)

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013
(includes Men's Conference pictures)

February 2013

January 2013 (includes Fr. Thomas Nathe in Peru)

December 2012 (with pictures of Youth Delegation to Peru)

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012 (has pictures from Monroe Parade)

July 2012

Bell Tower Dedication

(July 15, 2012)

June 2012

May 2012

Mary Bloom Center Dinner & Silent Auction (May 12, 2012, Maltby Community Center)

April 2012

March 2012

January & February 2012 (Visit of Fr. Narciso Valencia)

Pictures from Peru (January - February 2012)

Major Robert D. Lindenau Tutoring Program

December 2011

40th Anniversary Celebration

L-R: Deacon Gene Vanderzanden, Fr. William Treacy, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Frs. Bloom & Valencia
(click on picture for more photos of the Anniversary Mass and reception)

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011 (before & after World Youth Day)

August 2011: World Youth Day

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

In a meeting with Archbishop Sartain, he greeted me as his "twin" and told me that people have confused us. One guy said to him, "Good to see you, Father." Archbishop Sartain said he didn't think too much about it because people sometimes call him, "Father." Later the guy came back, all apologies, saying, "I am sorry, Archbishop, I thought you were Father Bloom!" A person in Renton made the same mistake. Other people (perhaps with better eyesight) have said I look like I could be his uncle or older brother...
picture by Linda Mizokawa

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

Pictures from Peru
(October 2010)

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

Spring Clean-Up, 20 March 2010, Limpieza de Primavera

February 2010

January 2010

Landscaping Needs at St. Mary's

December 2009

Our Lady of Guadalupe & Pastorela

Generations of Faith
(Religious Education Program)

November 2009

Pictures from Peru
(October 2009)

September 2009

August 2009

July 2009



Pictures from Visit to Peru (2008)

Visit to Monroe's Reptile Zoo