St. Peter’s Indian Mission School in Bapchule, Ariz., is an oasis in the desert on the Gila River Indian Community Reservation (GRIC). The 100-year-old school has become a staple in the community, serving generations of Native Americans on the Reservation.
Sr. Martha Mary Carpenter, OSF, principal of the grade school and teacher of the junior high boys, has been at St. Peter’s for over 35 years. Sr. Martha and the other Franciscan Sisters of Charity at St. Peter’s have been praying to expand the grade school into a high school for years. When most people heard of the sisters’ dreams for a high school on the reservation, most chalked it up to wishful thinking. Continue with the story.