Valley of the Angels originally started as an orphanage for Guatemalan children in 1993, thanks to the love and vision of Father Rocco, a Franciscan priest from the Immaculate Conception Province


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 our children's 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 orphan children. While Valley of the Angels was originally established to educate and care for abandoned children, our mission has expanded to include all children who come from at-risk and extremely poor homes.

Today, we function as a boarding school that houses, feeds and educates over 200 at-risk children ages 6-18. Our campus houses 9 school-grades of students - who along with their formal studies - receive music, computer, physical education and vocational training classes.

Currently, Valley of the Angels is led by Fr. Rocco's successor, Fr. Michael Della Penna. In addition to carrying on the Franciscan ideals and charism, he has also transformed Valley of the Angels into a more efficient and modern organization, helping to strengthen our children's relationship with Christ and post-Valley opportunities.


Our founder "Papa" Rocco, as he was lovingly called by the children.

Our founder "Papa" Rocco, as he was lovingly called by the children.

For over 60 years, Father Rocco Famiglietti served as a missionary priest in Central America. He experienced first-hand the devastating effects of poverty, sickness and a lack of education in the region, especially on the young. 

Because he firmly believed children were not only the future of the Church and the country - but also their surest hope - he dreamed of building a home, where the poorest of these poor children could be protected, taken care of and educated, and above all, granted 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, René 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. The first stone was set in 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 CHURCH

In 2008, the newly finished Church was dedicated to Our Lady of the Angels and received the prestigious first prize for architectural design by Cementos Progreso. Since then, our children attend Mass on Sundays and Wednesdays. 

You are more than welcome to join us:

  • Sunday Mass: 11 a.m.

  • Wednesday Mass: 5 p.m.