Centennial Celebration at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish

On Saturday, October 25, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Tortugas, New Mexico celebrated 100 years. A full day of festivities began at 8:30 a.m. with groups of dancers from the Tigua Tribe leading the parish in preparing for the celebration of the Eucharist. The Most Reverend Oscar Cantú, Bishop of Las Cruces concelebrated Mass with the Most Reverend Ricardo Ramírez, Bishop Emeritus. All but one of the former pastors still living were able to attend.

Former pastors of OLG with Fr. Jim Kent (Minister Provincial). L to R: Fr. Valentine Jankowski (current pastor), Fr. Vince Petersen, Fr. Jim Kent, Fr. Don Adamski, Fr. Ivan Rohloff, Fr. John Curran
Former pastors of OLG with Fr. Jim Kent (Minister Provincial). L to R: Fr. Valentine Jankowski (current pastor), Fr. Vince Petersen, Fr. Jim Kent, Fr. Don Adamski, Fr. Ivan Rohloff, Fr. John Curran

Also in attendance was Mr. Juan Montoya. Mr. Montoya, at 101 years of age, is the oldest living member of Tortugas and the Parish. 

Mr. Montoya surrounded by family.
Mr. Montoya surrounded by family.

The Centennial Committee presented a beautiful framed trio of pictures (showing the church then and now as well as the logo for the centennial)  to all the former and current pastors of OLG as well as Bishop Oscar Cantú and Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramírez.

Fr. Don Adamski holds the beautiful gift presented by the Centennial Committe.
Fr. Don Adamski holds the beautiful gift presented by the Centennial Committe.

Thank you to Dominic Fierro for providing the photos.