St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School

In November of 2015 St. Philip Neri made a two-year commitment to be "Good Shepherds" to the St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School with a monthly gift of Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00).

St. Bonaventure, located in Thoreau, New Mexico (among the poorest counties in our nation), is a Catholic Social Agency whose purpose is to provide financial support to the Navajo families in this eastern reservation.

The school provides a Catholic Education to more than 2000 students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.

The Diocese of Gallup is in bankruptcy and can offer no financial assistance. The Catholic Church on the reservation was destroyed by fire and a visiting priest now says mass on Friday mornings in the school.

Parishioners at St. Philip Neri and our summer visitors have been most generous in their support of our objective as "Good Shepherds."

During the first ten (10) months of our commitment St. Philip Neri has distributed more than twelve thousand dollars ($12,000.00) to St. Bonaventure.  That generosity has provided the following: (partial list)
89 Blankets;  17 Wood Burning Stoves (there is a forest on the reservation for wood);
19 Backpacks; Breakfast and Lunch for students between the end of summer school and the start of school (mid July thru August); Meals for families each month; Water for families each month; Money for emergency food purchase; Holiday Food Baskets; Winter Fuel assistance; Baby Care items for newborns.

We look forward to continuing our commitment to serve the Navajo People who are among the poorest of the poor.


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