Now, as he retires, Fr. Walker leaves a thriving parish behind
There is scant record of any attempts to bring Christianity to the Apaches since the days of Fray Benavides until the first “inashood” (Blackrobe missionaries) at the turn of the century.
For Fr. Pio O'Connor, the hospital, the nursing home, and the sick room are his parish, their ailing residents his sheep.
"We want to relate what we do in our faith to what we do with scouting."
For 50 years SWIF has funded well drilling, stove and heating installation, support for Native American arts and craftsmen, and scholarships for Catholic schools.
On the reservation, basketball is life.
The pilgrimage, from March 13-22, will include daily Mass, tours of famous churches and monasteries, walking tours and sightseeing throughout Portugal and northwestern Spain.