Located in Colon, Panama

The church is an organized mission in Margarita, a former Canal Company Town on the northern coast.  It is in the Colon region, which is considered a “historic” area, about 1-1/2 or 2 hrs drive from the main airport near Panama City. Their priest is the Rev. Jose Antonio Moreno Lara.

Atonement’s Relationship with Santa Maria/Santa Margarita

We include them in our prayers every Sunday, along with Julio, Bishop of Panama. In addition to praying for each other, we will send photos, exchanging cards between Church Schools, etc., and see where it goes from there!



Info about Panama

In the west are rugged mountains (Volcan Baro is 11,401 ft/3,475 m high) of volcanic origin, which yield in the middle of the country to low hills; there is a low mountain range in the east. Lowlands line both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, and there are numerous offshore islands. The climate is generally tropical with abundant rainfall. Colon, a major port, is the second largest city, and David is the third largest city. More than half the population is urban. The population is primarily mestizo, although the building of the canal brought large numbers of people from the West Indies and other parts of the world, many of whom stayed and intermarried with the indigenous population. Spanish is the official language, and many Panamanians also speak English. About 85% of the population is Roman Catholic, with a Protestant minority. (Source: www.infoplease.com)

More information about Panama:

Republic of Panama
President: Ricardo Martinelli (2009)
Land area: 29,340 sq mi (75,991 sq km); total area: 30,193 sq mi (78,200 sq km)
Population (2010 est.): 3,410,676 (growth rate: 1.4%)
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Panama City, 1,053,500 (metro. area), 437,200 (city proper)
Other large cities: San Miguelito, 309,500; Colon, 44,400
Monetary units: balboa; U.S. dollar

More interesting info about Panama: 

Panama was densely inhabited by different indigenous peoples before the arrival of the Spanish. The first European sighting of Panama was by the Spaniard Rodrigo de Bastidas in 1501, and Columbus dropped anchor off the present-day Portobelo in 1502!

Is a visit in the plans?

If we want to make a visit, we’re invited to join a group of adults from our diocese to travel together to Panama sometime soon or to travel separately anytime, with the possibility of staying in a guest house in the former deanery in Panama City (a/c & hot water!). 

For Information, contact the Church Office: parish.admin@atonement-tenafly.org or 201-568-1763.