Since arriving in Canada from Ecuador as a political refugee, he has engaged with the Latin American immigrant community in the region. During the COVID-19 pandemic, his church has continued to work to support its community through daily, weekly biblical reflections and Sunday liturgies – broadcast on the radio and internet. Hernan has also been busy providing pastoral assistance at funerals for Latino families who are victims of COVID-19, particularly from the construction industry. His online and radio programs reach an audience as far away as New York and New Jersey, since the Latino communities in those states has been particularly devastated.
Submitted by Fr. Hernan Astudillo