WELCOME, to the Valley of the Angels Orphanage! We are Franciscan Friars of the Order Friars Minor, Immaculate Conception Province, New York, USA. The orphanage is located in Guatemala, Central America, just outside the capital Guatemala City.
The orphanage was a dream come true for it's founder, Father Rocco Famiglietti. Upon his early arrival in Guatemala in the early 50's, a seed was planted in him of wanting to help the poor, abandoned and needy children. The dream materialized in the late 80's and today, Valley of the Angels ensures the educational, physical and spiritual needs of 200 children.
Currently, the orphanage is run by Fr. Rocco's successor, Fr. Michael Della Penna. In addition to carrying on the rich tradition of the Franciscan ideals and charism, he has also transformed the orphanage into a more efficient and modern operation, helping to keep alive and strengthen the "beautiful dream."
One of the key aspects of Fr. Michael's vision for the orphanage is this web site. Not only is it an effort to accommodate all those who are interested in the orphanage, but also it is a way of reaching out and sharing with our benefactors, friends, all those who work here, those who have visited us and the world at large, the beautiful work God is accomplishing through all of us.
At this site there is information About us and on the History of the orphanage. We have a dedicated, "Meet The Founder" page. To keep you current on recent developments, we have a Newsletter. News and noteworthy information will also be posted at our News page.
To help you get to know our children better, we have a special feature entitled, "Angel of the Month." Each month we showcase one of our children, allowing each individual child's educational and creative accomplishments and activities to take on a special focus. It is our way of acknowledging that each child is an "angel" and special.
As an affirmation of the human dignity of each child at the orphanage, we have endeavored to maintain a pristine and beautiful landscape, which can be viewed at the dedicated Gallery pages. In addition, we have photos of the children, different parts of the the orphanage, and soon we will be posting special events, Mass celebrations, feasts and more. All of our galleries are proof of how God has blessed this orphanage and all involved with it.
Thank you for visiting us.
Paz y Bien