Gila River Community Honors Own Franciscan Sister

by Sister Carol Mathe on June 4, 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.


4 thoughts on “Gila River Community Honors Own Franciscan Sister”

  1. Language and culture are lasting lessons of the heart. How wonderful Sister Juana served God by serving her own people in a way that promises hope to all the generations.

  2. Sister Juana,
    You are a blessing for so many people and for all of us, your Sisters! Peace, prayers and every good!

  3. Sister Anne Marie Lom says:

    Thank you for sharing this portrait of Sr. Juana being a continued blessing to her people and to our community.

  4. Ssharon says:

    CONGRATULATIONS to you, Sr. Juana, on 21 faith-filled & dedicated service to the students & families at St. Peter's School, Bapchule, AZ. Just think of all those children and families you have touched with the Lord's graces.  May you continue to witness the SPIRIT wherever he breathes as you JOURNEY day to day in His service of God's people! THANK YOU!

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