Fire Dancers

Fire Dancers

For a humble man, Father Elias Nieves inspires a raucous party. More than 2,000 miles from his home town and 87 years after his death, the martyred priest headlined an all-day extravaganza at St. Therese Parish, including food, flan, and fire dancing. The church hosts a Father Nieves tribute celebration every year, marking the day, [...]

A lively nod to Our Lady

A lively nod to Our Lady

Sunday mass opened with a conch horn, a drum beat and a procession of authentically clad Aztec dancers. The whole extravaganza startled my mom and me in a delightful, this-is-going-to-be-even-cooler-than-we-thought kind of way. Pope St. John Paul II named Our Lady of Guadalupe the Patroness of the Americas 15 years ago, and decreed that every [...]