*The following article is a brief update from American college student and soon-to-be graduate of Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, PA, Arianne Wenk.
Submitted by Fr. Guillermo Estrada, S.J. - March 2014
Hello, and thank you for your interest in our unique, handmade rustic trellises. Crafted by local artisans in Happy Valley, Oregon from native branches, these durable and attractive trellises will be the perfect addition to your yard or garden. Ideal for supporting plant growth or just as useful as a decorative item.
Once again, we will be holding our 3rd Annual Art Contest for grade school students enrolled in Catholic parish schools in the state of Oregon. This contest will be held during the Easter 2014 season and the theme will be the "The Ascension".
* The deadline for entering the contest is April 18, 2014 and the winners will be announced on May 16, 2014. *
Imagine lives so impoverished that most of the community's children die before reaching the age of five. The children are part of a tribe of 60,000 Tarahumara Indians, who live in caves and primitive huts, with unsafe drinking water, parasites, and devastating malnutrition. Picture all this in an area of unsurpassed scenic beauty, with mountains and canyons and a rich cultural heritage - just hours from El Paso, Texas. This is the situation that Father Verplancken found when he came to Creel, Mexico in the early 1960's.