Reproduction of the “Esquisúchil” or Tree of the Holy Brother Peter (Guatemala)

Ecological Volunteering

As part of the celebration of International Volunteer Day, New Acropolis supported the conservation activity of a tangible and intangible patrimony of the country, the Esquisúchil tree, planted by the Holy Brother Pedro de Betancur, the only Catholic Saint of Guatemala, on March 19th, 1657.

Roots of the old tree were extracted in order to obtain clones of the same. Two of the root fragments were planted in a specially prepared planter in the atrium of the church of El Calvario in Antigua Guatemala, and two in pots for the care of our volunteers and Dr. Miguel Torres, who is also a renowned scholar of the The Academy of Geography and History of Guatemala.

To attest to the authenticity of reproduction, the ecclesiastical record was signed by several witnesses of honor specially invited for the event, including several members from New Acropolis; Monsignor Ramiro Pellecer, Bishop Emeritus of Sacatepéquez; The Orthodox nuns la Igumeni or Abbess Inés Ayau and Mother Ivonne Sommerkamp, who in her role of mycologist established the diagnosis of the fungal infection that affects the original tree, which motivated its cloning; Friar Peter from the Church of St. Francis the Great; Friar José Contrán from the Social Works of the Holy Brother Peter; the chronicler of La Antigua Guatemala; Ms. Patricia Muñoz, national director of the Cultural Association New Acropolis Guatemala, and other guests invited especially to the event by Dr. Miguel Torres, principal manager and scholar of the rescue of the Esquisúchil tree.

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