Educational Philosophy

Year of Prayer - August 27

Year of Prayer - August 27


Prayer to St. Philippine from Soboba Indian Reservation

O holy woman, who prays always, we honor you
You are like Eagle, soaring high to Creator
Your prayer is like sweet-smelling smoke of sage and cedar
Your presence with us is acorn meal, feeding our spirits and drawing us to Grandfather

O holy woman, who prays always, we thank you
You brought your Society to us long years ago
Your sisters are with us even now, in your name
Your love and prayer help us walk the Red Road

O holy woman, who prays always, we ask your blessing
Bless us, your Indian children, and stay with us always
Bless our land, Mother Earth, given by Creator
Bless all people who walk on Mother Earth. May we live together in peace.

Amen, Aho!

Window in St. Joseph Mission Church
Soboba Indian Reservation

The Eagle is Sacred—the carrier of our prayers to God.
The Smoke from the sage represents our prayers arising.
The Acorns symbolize the meal we celebrate, and
The Gourd-rattle is the music of our songs to God.

Marianna Torrano, RSCJ, Province of the United States – Canada