The Power of Education in San Lucas

Felipe Bajan is the Assistant Principal at Colegio Monseñor Gregorio Schaffer. Felipe studied at the school as a child, and later, he taught fifth and sixth grade at the school for 20 years before becoming Assistant Principal.

Vinicio's Story

Vinicio Gerardo Perez Chumil is a physical education teacher at Colegio Monseñor Gregorio Schaffer. Vinicio studied at the school as a child, and today, he embodies the passionate and effective teaching the school is known for.

Meet Candelaria!

Candelaria Perez Chumil is a third-grade teacher at Colegio Monseñor Gregorio Schaffer. On this Give to the Max Day, Candelaria is telling us her story so that we can raise $6,000 for the school - the salary for one teacher in San Lucas.

Students Lobby for San Lucas in Washington

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Every year, more than 1,000 visitors travel to the San Lucas Mission in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala. They come to learn about the history and culture of the Maya people and to work alongside them by participating in the programs of the Mission. Many leave wondering what they can do to help.

Announcing the First Ever Friends of San Lucas Visitor Photo Contest!

The Friends of San Lucas Photo Contest begins October 28, 2019, and ends November 20, 2019, at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time. By submitting an entry via email, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that they are 18 years old or older. 

A Successful San Lucas Gala!

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On September 28th, more than 350 people gathered together for the annual Celebrate San Lucas Gala in Mankato, Minnesota. We enjoyed live music, dinner, auctions, and inspirational speakers. In total we raised $140,000 to serve the people of San Lucas Tolimán.

A Special Visit

This week our coffee program had a very special visit from Dulce Barrera. Dulce is a three-time national tasting champion and a three-time world champion.

Meet Marta, Our Grower of the Month!

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Marta is a coffee grower who has been selling her yield to Juan Ana Coffee for the past seven years. With the money she earns, Marta invests in her children’s education, maintenance of their home, and the expansion of her farmland.

Our First Hybrid Home

In June, we dedicated our first “hybrid” house. Part block and part wood and designed by Mission staff, it will last longer than the all-wood homes and be cheaper to build than all-block homes.

Remembering Marcos Tun

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On August 8, 2019, Marcos Tun, father of Leonel and Rafael Tun and father-in-law of Emi Tun, passed away. He was 91 years old. Marcos played an important role in the early years of the Mission as a confidant and advisor to Fr. Greg.