Mennonite Colonies in Paraguay

In Paraguay are diverse groups of mennonite Colonies. Some of the Colonies in Paraguay are more open than others. Joining a colony might seem difficult in some of them.

Some of these colonies, though they started off as the quiet ( removed from immediate contact or easy approach ) in paraguay .  Many of these people, if not most,  have become rich and aggressive (ready and willing to fight, argue, etc).

In 1948, when I was two years old, we boarded a ship in Quebec City in canada and went to paraguay. The Sommerfeld and Bergthal colonies established in 1948 some 200km east of Asuncion in East Paraguay. One the reasons given for leaving Canada and going to paraguay is the inroads of secular society into their congregations. An other reason was that paraguay offerd the possibility for the two colonies to live in a closed settlements in which to train their children and young people in their own schools in the German language. The Mennonites were given the freedom to govern  their colonie (religious freedom, exemption from military service, the right to speak German in schools and elsewhere, the right to administer their own educational, medical, social organizations and financial institutions).


Colony Location Established Source Population (1987)
Menno West 1927 Canada 6,650
Fernheim West 1930 Russia 3,240
Neuland West 1947 Russia 1,330
Friesland East 1937 Russia 720
Volendam East 1947 Russia 690
Bergthal East 1948 Canada 1,490
Sommerfeld East 1948 Canada 1,860
Reinfeld East 1966 Canada 120
Luzy Esperanza East 1967 USA 110
Agua Azul East 1969 USA 170
Rio Verde East 1969 Mexico 2,490
Tres Palmas East 1970 Mixed 220
Santa Clara East 1972 Mexico 130
Rio Corrientes East 1975 USA 180
Florida East 1976 USA 100
Nueva Durango East 1978 Mexico 2,050
Campo Alta East 1980 Mexico / Belize 120
Manitoba East 1983 Mexico 290
Asuncion East N Mixed 750
Paraguay Paraguay 1927 Mixed 22,710

Of the 28,000 Mennonites in Paraguay, close to 10,000 have Canadian citizenship.

The Mennonite colonies of Paraguay from Raul Tadeo on Vimeo.