175th Anniversary Celebration in El Salvador with founding sisters

arcatoa dancers
Fifty-five members of the Arcatao community joined in the celebration, including these young dancers.
beca graduates
The offertory included graduates who benefited from the Beca program, including (left) Delmi Ayala, a family lawyer, and (right) Carmen Gochez, a nurse.
beca grads dance
Beca (scholarship) students participated with a dance during the Mass.
meal preparation
Women from the villages cooked the delicious meal that was served.
crowd at lunch
With collaboration by 17 communities, lunch was served to 550 to 600 people.
the choro providencia provided entertainment
Musical entertainment was provided by the Choro Providencia, led by Sr. Marcia Gatica.
offertory procession
Sister Vilma Franco (right) carried a photo of Madre Emilia (Blessed Emilie Gamelin) in the offertory, accompanied by Myra, a member of the San Marcos community.