Asociación civil sin fines de lucro denominada Instituto de Pastoral Andina (IPA)

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Official name Asociación civil sin fines de lucro denominada Instituto de Pastoral Andina (IPA)

Civil society for non-profit purposes named Andines Pastoral Institute (IPA)

Country / Continent Peru/ South America
Director of the institute Jr. José Carlos Mariategui B-11, Urb. Santa Mónica, distrito de Wanchaq. Cusco – Peru.
Legal holder of the institute Alejandro Estenós Loayza.
Sponsor of the institute Monsignor Miguel La Fay (President of the administration)Monsignor José María Trinidad (Secretary of the administration)Monsignor Kay Schmalhausen Panizo (Assistant of the administration)
Year of foundation 1969
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) * 03 employees (empleados)
  • 10 freelance staff (personas honor arias)
  • 20 volunteers (voluntario)

Staff members of your institute * 3 bishops
  • 22 priests
  • 12 Religious
  • 66 dedicated lay people

Contact Jr. José Carlos Mariategui


Urb. Santa Mónica,

distrito de Wanchaq.

Cusco – Peru.


Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Asociación civil sin fines de lucro denominada Instituto de Pastoral Andina (IPA)

Civil society for non-profit purposes named Andines Pastoral Institute (IPA)

Director of the institute

Jr. José Carlos Mariategui B-11, Urb. Santa Mónica, distrito de Wanchaq. Cusco – Peru.

Legal holder of the institute

Alejandro Estenós Loayza.

Monsignor Miguel La Fay (President of the administration)Monsignor José María Trinidad (Secretary of the administration)Monsignor Kay Schmalhausen Panizo (Assistant of the administration)

Vision / mission statement

Mission: To serve the pastoral reflection and action of the Catholic Church, concretely in the religious districts where it operates under the leadership of their shepherds to revitalize the role of the new evangelization.

Vision: Until the year 2021 the processes of reflection, research and support of pastoral action, developed by the IPA should led to establishing it as an active and efficient co-worker of the pastoral work of bishops in Peru's Southern Andes, which helps that the church members are witnesses, disciples and missionaries of Christ and also the leaven of a truly solidary, free, just and reconciled society.

Main areas of work

  1. Impulse for the studies and work that help to understand the human and religious people, especially those living in the Andean world, in view of a pastoral action that seeks to follow the dynamics of the incarnation of the Word of God.
  2. Impulse for reflection, research, offers, method and means of pastoral care - which, translated into the various fields of catechesis, liturgy, singing, art and other more (omission?) - which should be available, based on the Apostolic See, in syntonic and Communion with the teachings of the Magisterium.
  3. Education/formation for the evangelization of the people, culture and cultures, through publications, symposia, congresses, lectures and other cultural activities.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

The addressees are the shepherds of the three prelatures, the parish priest of each parish, religious, consecrated lay people and the committed lay people, the catechists and the faith "animators", all those who are generally called "pastoral worker". However, we also organize courses for the civil society as such.

Year of foundation

Its foundation occurred in the city Cusco on 5th of July 1969, at a meeting chaired by the late Monsignor Ricardo Durán, Archbishop of Cusco.

Organisational structure of the institute

     General Assembly       Management                                     Executive Committee          Administration               research area                pastoral area       institutional “image” area

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

  • 03 employees (empleados)
  • 10 freelance staff (personas honor arias)
  • 20 volunteers (voluntario)

Staff members of your institute[2]

  • 3 bishops
  • 22 priests
  • 12 Religious
  • 66 dedicated lay people

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

  • theologians and philosophers
  • Historians
  • sociologists and anthropologists
  • managers and accountants

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

The IPA attempts to create spaces of participation and encounter for research and reflection on pastoral work in the Andean reality, in which the different evangelising actors of the three prelatures interact actively - lay people, religious, priests, etc. In this process, the realization of theological-pastoral studies on human and religious reality of the Andean world will be promoted, so that in the tenor of a respectful intercultural dialogue, pastoral means and methods may be offered, which take effect on the evangelization works pursuant to the dynamics of the incarnation of the Word of God.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

  • Pastoral of catechetical and liturgical inculturation.
  • Social Pastoral of human development pursuant to the social teachings of the church.
  • Social pastoral of human rights.
  • Pastoral of social communications.
  • Theological and pastoral reflection from the perspective of reconciliation.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

  • To develop research and reflection of pastoral actions, so that they dynamise the apostolic and missionary work of the church and make it more effective, on the base and in response to the present reality.
  • Participation in the integral education/formation and the development process of the skills of pastoral workers for a better realization of their role and contribution within the church and its social environment.
  • To provide, communicate and/or distribute diverse materials and content, which contribute to raising awareness, motivation and the call to the work of the lay people in relation to the Christian and social teaching of the church.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

  • Pastoral workshops of catechesis and liturgy for the Andean reality.
  • Pastoral of the social teaching of the Church and human rights.
  • Diploma in Christian leadership in the Quechua- and Aymara-communities.
  • Diploma for social communicators in the Quechua- and Aymara-communities.
  • Courses in Quechua and analysis of Andean culture.
  • Theological-pastoral meetings.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

  • In recent months, we follow the theological and pastoral reflection process from the perspective of reconciliation.
  • Besides, we accompany the social pastoral of lay people and young people who engage in the social development of their places, with more determination.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

Has a big value. The training courses organized by the IPA are characterized by its three basic trends:

  • The intellectual education (faith of mind/spirit), which addresses the field of human sciences and theological issues.
  • The service (faith of action), where the social action and support is included.
  • The prayer (faith of the heart), where prayer is the public worship in the liturgy, particularly the Eucharist, the sacraments and the spiritual life (the personal and the popular religiosity).

In this sense, the offer of life realization of love and social justice do not contradict with the learning of religious truths which are included in the Christian teaching. On the contrary, the life realization of Christian love - and its influence on social structures - finds its correct evolvement and fulfillment in the intellectual acquisition of the teaching. In this line, the IPA promotes a requested training for the shepherds and protagonists of the apostolic mission itself, who are called laity and "catechists". Within these training courses - both the different types of small classes and their didactic materials - the liturgical theme is included as a preferred means of catechesis, because the training that turns towards the sacramental celebration - with the Eucharist at the center - promotes the sanctity of the common realization of life in accordance with the Gospel.

What notion of God inspires your work?

The image of the God of love, unity and a trinity, the loving communion that creates man and his environment to live in communion, peace, justice and solidarity in the sign of reconciliation (understood as a goal and means) within and outside the church.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

The work of the IPA is based upon and nourished by the Christian spirituality, which is the one and only truth, which was revealed from the Son of God Himself, our Lord Jesus Christ. It should be noted, however, that the richness of the Gospel makes it manifold; in the sense that we, awakened by the Holy Spirit, appending and in harmony with him, to integrate ourselves in openness to the diverse charisms and gifts in the Catholic Church and in respectful dialogue with other churches. In this way we receive a variety of initiatives and trends of Christian spirituality in our members, staff and addressees.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

The proper interpretation of the socio-cultural reality of our reality is fundamental for our pastoral mission. But this interpretation must not be horizontal, but cross-shaped.Therefore we keep methodologically away from conflictive, prejudiced and/or reductionist methodologies of reality. From a wisdom [sapiencial] perspective of knowledge we are looking for the methodology to integrate social sciences, philosophy and theology with each other in order to practice in this way, balanced, fair and accurate interpretations of reality.

The connection to the pastoral action is done through reflection and research. We are trying to distinguish the signs of the times in the light of the Holy Spirit in order to achieve an effective and inculturated evangelizing action of the church.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

The prophetic emphasis, which we apply with respect to a reorganization of society, is inspired by the theology of reconciliation. Confronting a deeply fragmented and divided world, we offer the reconciliation as a hermeneutical key of the interpretation and pastoral practice. Four levels have to be distinguished:

  • RECONCILIATION WITH GOD the way of the inner life, sacramental, personal encounter with Christ, the Holy Trinity is not a theory, perspectives of God the Father, Creator, Redeemer, Son and Spirit giver of life.
  • RECONCILIATION WITH ITSELF, the path of truth, acceptance, self knowledge, self control, the indictment of slavery and alienation, the Christ-attracting, the virtue, the sacramental way,
  • RECONCILIATION WITH OTHERS, the offer of the communion and the dialogue, eradication of prejudice, forgiveness, redemption, recovery, justice, stressing the community.
  • RECONCILIATION WITH THE NATURE, the revival of the absolute and material goods, protection of ecosystems, healthy use of resources (mineral resources, the issue of water, land/estates, community goods and private property, etc.)

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

  • The seat of the IPA is located in the city of Cusco, from where the IPA team supervises every prelature of Ayaviri, Juli and Sicuani, without interference of the constant visits of the pastoral worker with us.
  • Our Publications Revista pastoral Allpanchis Phuturinqa, Cuaderno de Investigación and Series documentales (pastoral magazine Allpanchis Phuturinqa research booklet, documentation series) turn to pastoral workers and intellectuals who dedicate themselves to the study of Andean reality. An important part of this publications is distributed free of charge.
  • In collaboration with the Universidad Católica San Pablo de Arequipa the IPA organizes diplomas with university recognition, as a way to promote the interest for the vocational training. We are currently conducting diploma courses for the training of communicators and Christian leaders.
  • We conduct courses about Quechua and Andean reality for pastoral workers (in the broad sense) so that they can produce an inculturated communication for the evangelizing preaching.
  • We conduct one-day workshops for training in social issues in accordance with the principles of the church's social teaching.
  • We organize congresses, conferences and lectures (in descending order) in Cusco and in the prelatures Ayaviri, Juli and Sicuani that serve the approach of socio-cultural issues and academic interest and theological-pastoral issues. Since several months we organize the meeting of catechesis and liturgy in Combapata (Sicuani).

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

  • The first, entitled Revista Pastoral (Pastoral magazine) and two monthly publishing is intended for pastoral workers and lay people with the aim to promote pastoral reflection, research and experience;
  • The second is an academic journal called Allpanchis Phuturinqa [there is no translation] and semiannual publication, it is intended for academics and intellectuals of the religious reality of the Andes (spiritually and institutionally). Its purpose is to provide a platform for dialogue between the social sciences and the pastoral theology.
  • The third, titled Cuaderno de Investigación (research booklet), with annual release, is intended for pastoral workers for their reflection in the research.
  • The fourth, entitled Series documentales (documentary series), whose purpose is the publication of transcripts of the historical archives of the 16th and 17th century of the prelatures Ayaviri, Juli and Sicuani. It is intended for researchers, academics and religious, who are devoted to the study of historical archives.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

The most important courses offer at present is the diploma for communicators and Christian leaders because of two fundamental reasons:

  • The opportunity to gain a serious training with a university certificate, which is a very important way of human promotion of the Andes inhabitant and a fundamental means to overcome the structural poverty, from which he/she suffers.
  • The opportunity to get an education in two years, that promotes a reflexive, balanced and constructive practice of justice, solidarity and common good.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

Three years ago we began a new stage of our institutional work, and despite the initial difficulties of change we are in the process of consolidation of our socio-cultural and pastoral work in the church and the Southern Andes culture. The crucial support of the gentlemen bishops and the pastoral workers made it possible that we have become a fundamental actor in the pastoral work of the church. Thus, all our research and training projects attempt to reach the prelatures Ayaviri, Juli and Sicuani and to support them in the areas that the shepherds ask for.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

The most important developments happen in the work of the socio-cultural and theological research, which attempts to reach an inculturated pastoral action. We manage to gather a group of pastoral workers of the three prelatures every two months, whose task is the reflection and development of appropriate pastoral policies for the Andean reality. Furthermore, we realize the project of vocational training of social communicators and Christian leaders of the three prelatures, in the mode of university diploma, we want to contribute a serious basis (the need of time and studies) to the work of this important sector of the church and civil society.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

We have two kinds of fundamental difficulties:

  • The extent and the fracturing of our study area, which implies trips of several days and with the consequent risk, which implies some very badly maintained roads.
  • As a consequence there is a lack of good communication with the pastoral workers from remote areas of the prelatures, where the means of communication are still sparsely.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

We have two basic types of challenges:

  • Challenges of socio-cultural, theological and pastoral research so that we get solid results in our work.
  • Challenge of the resources and infrastructure, we must expand our generated resources, only to expand our staff and communication materials and our mobility, to reach all places of our work field.

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

We have the dream that we consolidate as an institution that makes a fundamental contribution to the inculturated pastoral action of the church, and that this turns out in integrated communities that overcome the poverty and exclusion, witnessing the justice, solidarity and to proclaim the common good.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

This is a fundamental part of our work, the evidence is that the permanent staff of the IPA in its entirety consists of dedicated lay people, likewise the recipients of our education courses. We believe that lay people, both of the church and society, are fundamental actors of social and cultural changes of the Andean reality. They have a privileged space of their work, whether formally or informally, to introduce the individual and collective bases to achieve a society of peace and justice, especially those places that suffer so much from poverty and violence.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

We have two very important means of communication:

  • We develop an electronic bulletin fortnightly and send it to all our contacts of the local, national and international church, as well as to educational, social and political institutions within and outside the country.
  • We have the magazine Pastoral Andina and the magazine Allpanchis Phutirinqa through which we pass on information about our pastoral and socio-cultural activities both in research and in training. And moreover the information about the more relevant activities of every prelate.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

The cooperation with the Conferencia Episcopal Peruana (Peruvian Episcopal Conference) is often the case, through assisting in the presentation of our projects, which we present to the works of international cooperation and through our publications, which we pass on to their main representatives.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

We know the existence of pastoral exchange in our country, there is cooperation between institutions of prelatures, dioceses or archdioceses but they are no formal networks.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

We know the existence of pastoral networks at international level, particularly of  inter-ecclesial type and protestant character.

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

There is no inter-religious cooperation with non-Christian religions. We have not had a chance to work with them so far but we are open to the possibility of doing so.

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

There is no ecumenical cooperation with non-Christian churches, but we reaffirm that we have a great willingness to do so.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

Institutionally, we have contacts with various theological associations through the exchange of our publications. We have for example contact with the Consejo Latinoamericano de Iglesias (Latin American Council of Churches, CLAI) and theological centers of universities in Chile, Brazil, Spain and Mexico.

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

It seems interesting to us to have a network pastoral, where we can exchange experiences of work and reflection, both virtually and presently. For the success of this goal it is fundamental to have a complete data base on the pastoral institutions, so that we can plan the possibility of joint work. You can help us significantly.

  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.