Valley of the Angels was originally opened as an orphanage in Guatemala by the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception Province in 1993.
The Best to the poor
Valley of the Angels is Fr. Rocco’s dream come true. With his insistence on giving the "best to the poor" rather than leaving them the "left overs", we affirm their human dignity. Our pristine environment reflects the natural beauty of God's creation.
We work with the hope that the seeds planted by the children's solid education and good moral teaching will grow and blossom, allowing them to contribute to their society as Christians fully alive in Christ.
In January of 1993, we opened our doors to the first group of 26 children. While Valley of the Angels was originally established to educate and care for abandoned children, the mission expanded to include all poor children. Today, we house, feed and educate over 200 children in need. Our school building houses 9 grades of students, who along with their formal studies attend music, computer and physical education classes.
Currently the orphanage is run by Fr. Rocco's successor, Fr. Michael Della Penna. In addition to carrying on the Franciscan ideals and charism, he has also transformed the orphanage into a more efficient and modern operation, helping to strengthen the beautiful dream.
PAPA ROCCO AND OUR story
For over 60 years, Franciscan Father Rocco Famiglietti had been a missionary in various parts of Central America. He experienced first hand the devastating effects that poverty, sickness and a lack of education had on the region, and especially on the young.
Because he firmly believed children were not only the future of the Church and the country but their surest hope, he dreamed of building a home where the poorest of these poor children could be protected, taken care of and educated, but above all, a place where they would be surrounded with love and human warmth.
In 1987 Fr. Rocco got his chance when he enlisted a generous benefactor, Rene Abularach, who was interested in donating 25 acres of land near Guatemala City. After dedicating the land to Our Lady of the Angels and celebrating a mass with friends and benefactors, the construction of the buildings followed and the first stone was placed on December 1989. By 1992 the multi purpose building, friary, sister’s convent and children’s dormitories were completed.
Our Lady of the Angels
In 2008, the newly finished Church dedicated to Our Lady of the Angels received the prestigious first prize for architectural design. Our kids attend mass on Sundays and Wednesdays, and your are welcome to join us:
- Sunday mass: 11 a.m.
- Wednesday mass: 5 p.m.