Honoring the Departed

image1-4As part of a Multi-Cultural Program in Formation at St. Bonaventure Friary (Post-Novitiate), friar Luis Palacios Rodriguez, OFM Conv., currently in the Post-Novitiate stage of Formation – pursuing studies in philosophy, theology, etc., honored all of the deceased friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province with a traditional Altar de Muertos for the Día de Muertos (All the Faithful Departed), in union with his Mexican heritage. He placed the names of our deceased friars on the private altar, that included traditional sugar skulls, marigolds, cardboard skeletons, tissue paper decorations, incense, traditional foods and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed.

12191190_10153130964441128_4729645509373236377_oDía de los Muertos was also celebrated with Archbishop Curley High School‘s Spanish and Theology students, under the tutelage of friar Maximilian Avila, OFM Conv. (also a friar in the Post-Novitiate Stage of Formation), as friar Max shared with his students his Honduran roots; remembering the dead by creating memorial “offerings” for members of their families who have died.