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Snipes Nominated for Rio Grande Citizen of the Year

Father Roy Snipes, O.M.I. has been nominated as the Rio Grande Citizen of the Year by the Editorial Board of The Monitor newspaper in McAllen, Texas.  In nominating Fr. Snipes, the editorial board noted that “for more than 25 years he has served as the spiritual leader of his congregation, has transcended his role over time, and is now much more to the surrounding communities, his parishioners and the people of the Rio Grande Valley.”

In 1992 Fr. Snipes secured a couple acres of land adjacent to La Lomita Chapel, the mother church to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.  Father Snipes has held summer camps there, just yards away from the Rio Grande River, for members of his parish as a way to reconnect with the environment.

“We need to spend more time at the river, we need to get away from the computers and get out of institutionalized mediocrity and sterility,” said Fr. Snipes.