Gila River Community Honors Own Franciscan Sister

Paul Keggington

June 04, 2011

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Juana Lucero served for 21 years at St. Peter Mission School, Bapchule, AZ. On June 1, 2011,  Gila River Indian Community honored Sister for her years of service to her people. (Yes, Sister Juana’s own family is rooted in this tribe.)

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Juana Lucero was honored by her own Gila River Community for 21 years of service at St. Peter Mission for teaching language and culture.

Mr. Dallas DeLowe, the coordinator of the Culture Committee of the Community thanked Sister Juana for all she did to promote and teach the children about their language and culture as he presented her with a dozen roses. Govenor William Rhodes of the Community read a letter of appreciation and a plaque was presented by the Lt. Governor, Joseph Manuel (a relative of Sister).

In appreciation, a group of our St. Peter Mission School boys sang  two songs in their Himdag language and some girls danced. The first song was to the 4 directions asking for a blessing. The other was a gathering song. Needless to say, Sister Juana was deeply touched as were all of us Franciscan Sisters who witnessed this special day.


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