Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


Assumption School, Walla Walla, is ‘sister school’ to Colegio Nahualá, Guatemala

by Lisa Sharky, for the Inland Register

(From the January 15, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Nearly 400 students, grades K-9, are enrolled in Colegio Nahualá in Nahualá, Guatemala. The school could not continue without the generous support of Eastern Washington Catholic entities and individuals. (IR photo courtesy of the Guatemala Commission)

Assumption School in Walla Walla considers Colegio Nahualá, a Catholic school in Nahualá, Guatemala, to be their sister school. This school is one of the programs to which donors within the Spokane diocese can contribute through the Guatemala Commission. Both Assumption School (Walla Walla) and St. Augustine Parish in Spokane, together with individual donors, contribute over $8,000 annually to the Colegio. This money serves as a subsidy for the salaries of the teachers.

Father Rene Yobani Ixcamparic, the Colegio’s pastor and director, sincerely thanks everyone who has supported the school. Without that financial help, he said, the school would not have been able to remain open. The school has 137 students in primaria (grades K-6) and 255 students in basico (grades 7-9). Tuition is $10/month for primaria and $14/month for basico, collected from those who are able to pay it.

The school follows the state curriculum closely, in addition to teaching religion to all classes. Nearly all of the students are Roman Catholic. They have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, with confessions available. Students often participate in processions in Nahualá for holy days and other special religious events, such as Archbishop Cupich’s visit earlier this year.

Students at Colegio Nahualá have excelled in mathematics and many have gone on to higher education and achieved very well in math.

The school’s assistant pastor/director, Father Santo Tambriz, attended and graduated from Colegio Nahualá. He is not alone in this; many of school’s teachers graduated from the Colegio before entering higher education programs to learn teaching.

Presently, the school has great need of student desks – about $20 each in Guatemala. World globes and/or maps would also be greatly appreciated.

Donations can be made to the Guatemala Missions, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, WA 99210-1453.


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