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230 anniversary of the establishment of Guatemala City

Tivoli Neighborhood, zone 9

Religious Centers

Church of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Immaculate of Tívoli

This church started out as a chapel around 1954 and was given its name due to a statue that a family donated. Later, in November 1966, the chapel was chosen to become a Parish dedicated to St. Thomas Aquinas because it is managed by Dominican priests.


Catholic Church, Saint Thomas Aquinas.

The Parish is in charge of three zones: 9, 10 and 13 and is limited as follows: NORTH: from 2nd street of Zone 9 to the railroad at 6th avenue of zone 9; EAST: 6th avenue, 2nd street to 13 street of zone 13.  All the way to the Independencia or Industria park; from here, through Diagonal 12 to Hincapié Avenue; from there up to 24 street to the Guadrón River in zone 12; SOUTH: from Hincapié Avenue on 24 street to the Guadroncito River, and it also covers the Plaza de Toros, Forestal, Reina Barrios, Aurora I and II neighborhoods; WEST: from 24 street to the Guadroncito River to the greater 6th street of zone 13, from 6th street to 7th avenue to 6th avenue of zone 9.  From there, on La Castellana Avenue and then to the 5th street of zone 9, on 5th street up to 13th avenue and along the railroad to 2nd street.

The Church’s parish is located in the Reina Barrios neighborhood and is called Virgen del Camino. The present priest is Father Joaquín Zabalsa, who is assisted by Fathers Francisco González Pedraz and Domingo Salinas, Vicars.

The festivity is held on January 28 in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas.  The church is very sought after for weddings, baptisms, funerals, etc.  The church includes the Tivoli School, which offers a 4-year degree in Theology and Bible Studies.  The school operates mornings and nights.

Church of the Latter Days Saints

In the spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him, just as heavenly beings had appeared to prophets like Moses and Paul in biblical times. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Jesus Christ was no longer on the earth.


Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ in the earth. During the next 10 years, Joseph was visited by other heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon, and received authority to organize the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York, on April 6, 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith. It has grown to an organization with members and congregations throughout the world.


Mormon Church.

Following these precepts, on February 12, 1950, Elder Joseph Fielding Smith and his wife Jesse visited Guatemala and during two days met with missionaries.  Four months after, during the summer of that same year, they returned to the country with Bruce R. McConkie and his wife, and President Smith approved the purchase of a property located in 3d Avenue and 12 Street of Zone 9, Guatemala City, where they built a chapel.  

On December 17, 1951, the first Guatemalan missionary, Clemencia Pivaral vda. de Alconero, travels to El Paso, Texas, USA, and on November 30, 1952, Mr. Parmenio Bonilla is appointed first President of the Guatemalan branch in the new Central American mission.  By then, 89 faithful had been baptized in Guatemala City and 14 in Quetzaltenango.


Today, the Church of Jesus of Latter Day Saints has 4 missions, 40 branches, 23 districts, 23 neighborhoods and almost 194,000 members in the country.  The meetings are held in Spanish and many other languages.
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