Offenders from Ventura Youth Correctional Facility marked a religious holiday with music, cake and observances.

Offenders from Ventura Youth Correctional Facility marked a religious holiday with music, cake and observances.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe marked by Ventura Youth Correctional Facility

By Joe Orlando, CDCR Public Information Officer
and Catherine Conneally-Salazar, Catholic Chaplain

It was a night of celebration at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility as youth honored the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Mariachi Estrellas de Jalisco was on hand to provide the music. A number of youth participated in the procession carrying the cross, light and religious images and the Mexican flag. The procession made its way around the facility as the music played.

The service include a re-enactment of the events from the appearance of the Virgin to Juan Diego. The Mariachis played throughout the service.

As it ended, everyone headed to the chapel courtyard for some authentic Mexican rice and beans and tamales followed by cake and more celebratory music.

“After the musical group left, the youth were talking about the event and how it cheered them up,” said Behavior Treatment Program Parole Agent Marisol Vigil. “Some said, ‘It made me think of why I am doing what I’m doing and I want to get off BTP and work on going home.'”

Learn more about the facility, https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/juvenile_justice/Facility_Locations/Reception_Centers_and_Clinics/Ventura.html