"As first responders, you are instruments of God’s peace."
It was standing-room only at the May 1st feast day celebration of Santa Maria de Acoma mission in McCartys, NM.
Out on an Indian mission a priest is not only a missionary, but he is also a doctor and an undertaker.
The Hopi Tribe has resisted outside influence throughout recorded history. In 1633 Father Francisco de Porras was poisoned. In the general Pueblo revolt of 1680 four Franciscan Hopi missionaries lost their lives.
"People are taking hold and getting involved. It's reawakened our pride."
It took a long time and a lot of hard work for the two men to break down the anti-Catholic prejudice and gain the trust of the Navajo people.
He brought the Native Americans not only the gift of faith but also a decent standard of living.