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.)
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.