The timing could not have been any better when Felician Sisters from all over the country, as well as Rome, Italy and Poland, posed for a photograph with Mariachi Nuevo Mexico and friends from High Desert Pipes and Drums at the St. Felix Pantry International Festival.
Following each photo opportunity, each group serenaded the sisters. The Mariachis dedicated Volver, Volver, a classic song that means return and stands as an open invitation to come back and visit again. High Desert Pipes and Drums played “Amazing Grace.”
Manuel Casias, vice president of development for St. Felix Pantry, said, “In both instances, it was obvious that all the sisters were moved. It is just our way of showing hospitality and our way of celebrating our diverse cultures in the beautiful state of New Mexico. He added, “We were very blessed to have so many of the Felician Sisters present at this year’s event.”
This is the second year in a row that the Pantry has held this International Festival fundraiser. Historically, the fundraiser was known as the Polish Dinner. Casias explained that the decision was made to rename the event since New Mexico is very diverse, with many cultures.
“After all, Blessed Mother Angela did take in people from many cultures during the war in Poland. It just made sense for us to change the title to International Festival,” said Jack Bunting, president/CEO of the Pantry. He added, “Having the sisters from diverse cultures really added to the festival atmosphere.”