********* This is a message received from Fr. Guillermo Estrada in Creel Mexico, May 5, 2015: ********
My dear friends and benefactors in Michigan, Louisiana and Oregon,
I hope, with all my heart, that this Easter Season has been a healthy and happy one for all of you.
I pray to God it has been.
Thank you to all who participated in our annual children's art contest. The theme this time was "Consecrated Life" and we were happy to see many creative interpretations of that theme.
The winners in Group 2, Grades 4-8 are as follows:
Imagine lives so impoverished that most of the community's children die before reaching the age of five. The children are part of a tribe of 60,000 Tarahumara Indians, who live in caves and primitive huts, with unsafe drinking water, parasites, and devastating malnutrition. Picture all this in an area of unsurpassed scenic beauty, with mountains and canyons and a rich cultural heritage - just hours from El Paso, Texas. This is the situation that Father Verplancken found when he came to Creel, Mexico in the early 1960's.