Franciscan Sister Elena Gonzales reports on the latest groundbreaking at St. Peter Mission, Bapchule, AZ.


The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity St. Peter Mission at Bapchule, AZ in the Gila River Indian Community had a ground breaking event. Sister Martha, our principal, led the Sisters in the groundbreaking. The 20 year old modular buildings were destroyed to make room for new classrooms by the help of Mr. and Mrs. Shea of the Shea Homes Foundation.

In February Shea Homes began clearing the modular buildings. The following day they tore them down with the whole school cheering and watching the destruction. Students were excited and screaming as the modular buildings came down to rubble. Sister Martha even got a chance to use the backhoe herself. Go Sister Martha!

By the end of the school year we are hoping to have state of the art classrooms for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade and a Science Lab. We are in gratitude to Mr. & Mrs. Shea for helping the students at St. Peter Indian Mission School in having a brighter future.