Catholic students from this college and St. Philip’s host Las Posadas

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Christmas procession reenacts trail to Nativity.

By Richard Montemayor

With the holiday season in full swing, the Catholic Student Association at this college will host Las Posadas at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 9.

Richard Arredondo, faculty adviser for Campus Ministry and communication design program coordinator, said this is the 25th annual Las Posadas at this college.

Las Posadas is a tradition that dates back more then 500 years when Catholic missionaries from Spain brought the tradition to Mexico in the 1500s, according to

It’s a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to find shelter on the night Jesus is born. Las Posadas can become elaborate, with a live donkey and participants dressed like Mary and Joseph.

Arredondo said the students will leave the center at 12:15 p.m.

This year’s route will include stops in the fine arts, English and journalism departments, along with the president’s office, language, philosophy and culture department and The Saint Francis Nursing Home, 630 Woodlawn Ave.

Arredondo said 12 students from the association will participate in the posada.

He said these students will dress up as Joseph, Mary, shepherds, and three wise men.

For more information, contact Arredondo at 210-486-1031.

St. Philip’s College will have its Las Posadas celebration at noon Dec. 10.

Father Tony Regist of the cooperative ministries in the higher education department said this is the third year St. Philip’s is hosting Las Posadas.

“We will have free food for all of our guests that want to come and celebrate with us,” he said.

He said they will be giving away gift cards ranging from $25-$200 for buying books and school supplies only in St. Philip’s bookstore.

For more information, contact Regist at 210-557-7171 or


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