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Blessed Stanley Rother

Blessed Stanley Rother was born in March of 1935 in Oklahoma as the oldest child to parents Franz and Gertrude. He grew up on his family farm with his parents and his four siblings. As a young adult, he decided to become a priest. After serving as an associate parish priest for five years, Fr. Rother decided to volunteer to serve as a priest in Guatemala. He drove 2,000 miles from his home in Oklahoma to his new parish to serve the Tz’utujil people in Santiago Atitlán.

Maya Textiles: A History

The Maya people have been weaving textiles for use in clothing for thousands of years. Today different towns and communities are known for their own patterns and motifs. For many years, the origin of these different patterns has been attributed to the Spanish Conquistadors. History assumed that, in looking for a way to distinguish peoples from different places for reasons like forced labor or tax collection, Conquistadors created an organizational system where each town or municipality wore their own pattern of weaving. However, today there are Maya people who are challenging the idea that these different patterns are a result of colonization. The Maya people know that these regional variations have been around long before any contact by the Spanish.

Meet Our Founders

You are about to meet three incredible women. Women who raised their hands when the opportunity to change the world presented itself. These women devoted themselves to a life of selfless work, determined to build access to education, health, and a safe space in the midst of a violent civil war.

Mothers of the Mission Campaign

From May 4th through May 8th, you are invited to participate in the #MothersoftheMission campaign to raise funds for the San Lucas Mission!

As Mother’s Day approaches, this campaign will give you an opportunity to learn about the literal and figurative mothers you support with your donations, from women who lead Mission programs to women who receive Mission services. We will also highlight the School Sisters of Notre Dame who co-founded Mission programs decades ago.

WE REACHED OUR GOAL! #2021Together

We are happy to announce that we were able to meet and exceed our goal for our #2021Together Campaign with your help! We set a goal of $40,000, which included a matching gift of $20,000 from two very generous anonymous donors, and you helped us reach it!

COVID-19 Update

In March of 2020, in response to the pandemic, Friends of San Lucas brought all of our long-term volunteers home and closed the visitors program.  We still don’t have a firm date for reopening it. Covid-19 has been prevalent in San Lucas since last fall and the clinic has seen dozens of patients.