Photography and text: Jaime Torres Valadez
With the participation of fifty local artists, the work of the priest and Chihuahuense Saint Pedro de Jesus Maldonado was remembered and brought to life. He was distinguished for his religious service for the defense of poor families, a mission that cost him his life during the time of the religious persecution.
The Diocese of El Paso celebrated the centenary of his ordination with a great musical, in an event organized at the Bowie High School auditorium, through a very inspirational story. “Through music and drama, we have the opportunity to learn a lot about this Saint who was and continues to be a great priesthood example, and who was ordained in the St. Patrick Cathedral. For this reason, we share our pride with the Chihuahua community”, said Mark J. Seitz, Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso.
“It is an honor to have represented Father Maldonado. All the participants felt his presence when staging the characters and remembering this great defender of the poor”, said Jorge Alvidrez, actor who gives life to Maldonado.
This is how the Catholic community pays homage to this Chihuahuan martyr so he can be remembered and recognized by the new generations.
To close the event, members of the Mariachi and Folkloric Dance of the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ) delighted the audience with Mexican dances and ballet.