Red Knights Honor Hispanic and Latino Americans During Hispanic Heritage Month
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), Red Knight student-leaders organized various projects and events to highlight the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
To mark the beginning of the 30-day celebration, a prayer from Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month was read to junior and senior high students.
“Creator God, we thank You for our wondrous diversity, for our cultures, traditions and languages, for all the ways we celebrate our humanity and praise Your divinity. We value all peoples, and in this time, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. May we remember in our churches the leaders, teachers, and theologians that have been part of our Christian faith tradition. May we continue to hear from diverse voices that speak the truth of God’s love, peace and justice for all peoples. Guide us in ways of new understandings to build a more inclusive church. In the name of Christ Jesus, our Savior, Redeemer and Friend, we pray. Amen.”
Throughout the month, posters recognizing famous figures and accomplishments in the Latino and Hispanic communities were displayed around BSM. And on Oct. 12 and 13, Red Knights were encouraged to wear fútbol jerseys and/or yellow shirts to honor and acknowledge the impact the game has had in many Spanish speaking countries.
Senior Xela Gunvalson shared about the importance of highlighting Hispanic Heritage Month, "From music and clothing to food and inventions, we are so accustomed to Hispanic/Latino contributions to our culture that we sometimes forget to notice them. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month is a way for us to bring awareness to these incredible contributions and to remind everyone that our country wouldn't be what it is without them."
Thank you, Red Knight leaders, for organizing these special events to honor the unique contributions of our Latino and Hispanic brothers and sisters!