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RECENT EVENTS

Honoring "The Mother of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe/Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe"

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Marge Lincoln and her father, John Willow, admire the new statue of "Our Lady of Guadalupe."  The statue will be a part of the Mission's prayer garden being developed on the site of the old convent.

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A Pageant during the Mass on the 12th of December

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    I, Father Gannon, came to love "Our Lady of Guadalupe" in 1984 when a group of people and I attended a four month immersion experience walking in the shoes of the Mexican-Americans in San Antonio, Texas.  One of our instructors was Father Virgilio Elizondo, a dynamic teacher, who gave us classes on Our Lady of Guadalupe.  He described for us the story and its theological and scriptual basis'.  The story parallels Jesus' pattern of choosing the marginalized (Peter, James, John,etc.) as His followers while seemingly bypassing the temple elite-scribes and priests. Likewise, Our Lady went to a conquered indigenous, Juan Diego, and asked him to be Her messenger rather than appearing to the Spanish Bishop, John Zurraga.
   Early last November two families came forward and asked me if they could put on the pageant of Our Lady of Guadalupe during the Mass on the 12th of December, Her feast day. I welcomed them!  One family, the Palmas, originally came from Mexico, the other family, the Villas, are Arapaho tribal members.  Marilu Duncan translated the script into English.  The costumes were done by Senora Josefina Palma and her daughter, Denise.  The set was designed by all of us during the four practices.  Susie Villa was our stage manager and Denise Palma was the Narrator.  The "voices" for the actors were Daniela Palma, Melvin Villa, Don Villa and Father Dan Gannon, SJ, respectively.
   These pictures show the results of the pageant. 

Mary's appearance to Juan Diego was portrayed by Daisy Palma and Dusty Palma.

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The Franciscan friar (played by Ramon Castillo) makes Diego wait before seeing the Bishop (portrayed by Donelle Villa)

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The Bishop doubts Juan Diego's story

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Daniela Palma (voice of Virgin), Melvin Villa (voice of Diego), Don Villa (voice of Bishop), Denise Palma (Narrator)

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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The "sign" on Juan Diego's tilma

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Singing Las Mananitas," a morning song- Daise Palma, Ramon Castillo, Dusty Villa, Suzie Villa, Donelle Villa, Denise Palma, Father Dan Gannon, SJ. and Daniela Palma

St. Stephens Indian Mission Foundation
P.O. Box 278
St. Stephens, WY 82524-9989