Los Ancianos is a joint project of La Iglesia San Marcos in Xela,
Guatemala and Saint John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida.
Unlike in the United States, facilities and programs in support of senior citizens (Los Ancianos in Spanish) are not common in Guatemala. Padre Roberto Armas, the rector of San Marcos Episcopal Church in Xela, Guatemala has accomplished his dream of providing a community center for elderly members of his city.
The program provides participants with a free hot lunch, a comfortable “community center” environment for relaxation, friendship, conversation, television, movies, games, and various forms of entertainment. The center is open daily, Monday through Friday, for sponsored members.