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Ground breaking plaza in honor of the Pallottines in Belize to be commemorated in Benque Viejo next week

Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2022. 8:42 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The groundbreaking ceremony for phase 1 of a plaza in honor of the Pallottines in Belize is scheduled for Monday, July 4, 2022, at 10 am at “Del Carmen Park” in Benque Viejo del Carmen.

The project seeks to rehabilitate the current “Del Carmen Park” into a plaza where the life-size monument of Sister Dominica Senn instructing a child will be installed. 

The monument, sculpted by Guatemalan artist Sebastian Barrientos, commemorates the centennial of the Pallottines in Belize. 

It depicts the first Pallottine Superior in Benque Viejo, the first home of the Pallottines in 1913, instructing a child.

 In 2013, the Pallottine Centennial Memorial Committee, comprised of lay persons, was instituted with the purpose of fund-raising for the memorial.

 The committee now seeks to refurbish “Del Carmen Park” to make way for a plaza that will immortalize the narrative of the Pallottine Sisters and their contribution to nation-building.

The triangular-shaped plaza will represent the bow of a ship, reminiscent of the transoceanic trip taken by the Pallottines to the Americas.  The plaza will serve as a green area for leisure, as well as an interactive space where cultural and social events like recitals, movies, and exhibitions will be held.  It will have a small amphitheater for seating space. 

The design and drawings for the project were donated by LAR Architect & Associates.

The memorial committee thanks all those partners that are assisting in this project:

Bros. Habet Family of Businesses, Pedro Lizarraga & Sons, Atlantic Insurance Company (AIC), Imer Hernandez & Family, Belize Social Security, Vegas Distributors, and San Isidro Construction Center (Orange Walk). 

The memorial committee has embarked on a drive among Benqueños to raise the necessary funds to acquire the steel for the project.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so through Heritage Bank, Benque Branch, Acct. No. 7212658 (Centennial Memorial Project Committee).


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