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Vigil Family Chatter Volume 16

Juan De Jesús Vigil Family Foundation Board of Directors 2013-2014 Executive Committee John H. Vigil, President JoAnn Phillips, Vice President Mimi Vigil, Secretary Carl Salazar, Treasurer Carolyn M. Romero, Member at Large Members Rosemary Salazar George F. Vigil Rose Theresa Vigil Beverly Vigil Sasse José M. Pérez Phillip Vigil Andrea Romero Arsenio Vigil Kalee Salazar

December 2013

PRESIDENT’S REPORT Dear Family and Friends: I am pleased and proud to report that the July 6, 2013 Juan de Jesús Vigil Family Foundation Annual Memorial Golf Tournament was a wonderful success. Over 80 golfers anticipated in this year’s event at the Hyland Hills Golf Course in Westminster, Colorado. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Board and the volunteers for the outstanding job they did to make this effort a very positive event. Once again, I want to extend a very special note of appreciation to Carl Salazar for his leadership, time, and his overall “outstanding” effort toward this very important fund raising activity. Under Carl’s direction, this effort proved to be truly a team function. In order to ensure the foundation for the future, the Board has made a commitment to a long term strategy and transitional planning. The Board will participate in a number of workshops /training to help us “Create the Practice You Need to Succeed.” Frankly, I am excited to have this opportunity to make our Family Foundation better, striving to be the best that we can be. And finally, I am pleased to inform you that the four scholarship recipients are in their colleges and universities for the 2013 school year: Giancarlo Vigil at Ft. Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, Cibonet Salazar at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, Tyler Elliot at Colorado State University at Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Adam Vigil at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.

“Educación es la luz del mundo” Education is the light of the world The Juan de Jesús Vigil Family Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization established in 2005 by the descendents of Juan de Jesús Vigil dedicated to maintaining opportunities for scholarship and grants to qualified descendants of Juan de Jesús Vigil.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my privilege and honor to thank you for your continued support. Sincerely,

John H. Vigil


2013 Juan de Jesus Vigil Tournament Winners


Another Great Success

Men’s Foursome

Women’s Foursome

Sam Lopez, Leonard Medina John Pacheco David Cessaw

Ida Vigil Mecedes Montoya Sophie Aragon Vickie Fresquez

Men’s longest drive: Stophon Kong Women’s longest drive: Vickie Fresquez

President John H .Vigil commended Carl for his extraordinary effort in making this fundraiser a great success. Aside from spending many hours and a sweaty brow, Carl is such a master organizer. And, appreciation was also extended to the committee and volunteers as well for a mission well accomplished.

Tournament Director Carl Salazar at registration with (R-L) JoAnn Phillips, John H. Vigil, Rosemary Salazar, Carolyn Romero

The golf enthusiasts began play at a shot bun tee off on a beautiful but challenging eighteen holes. They were authorized mulligans but no shenanegans and every-one awaited the results of the winning foursomes at the final hole. A total of 86 participants enjoyed their skills despite a brief weather delay. Everyone enjoyed a tasty and hearty buffet, breaking bread with family and friends, and participated in the silent auction.


John Vigil introduced two 2013 scholarship recipient’s, Jennifer Lucero and Giancarlo Vigil, who extended words of gratitude to the participants of the 5th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament during the banquet at the Hyland Hills Club House.


Scholarship Recipients Speaking at Dinner The date has been set so mark your calendars. We will return to Trinidad, Colorado for our 6th Vigil Family Reunion. We need your help to plan this fun event. Arsenio Vigil has volunteered to be the Reunion Chair, but he will need help. Please become a part of Reunion Committee by contacting Arsenio Vigil at (719) 859-1489. Benique Lucero

Giancarlo Vigil


This is a great opportunity for family members in the greater the Trinidad area to help make this important family tradition a huge success.

6th ANNUAL MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT and DINNER July 19, 2014 The Vigil Foundation Board of Directors has set July 19, 2014 for the 6th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament at Hyland Hills Golf Course. Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us. Our goal for next year is to sign up 100 golfers. We have established three levels of sponsorship:  Silver Level for $750  Gold Level for $1,000  Platinum Level for $2,000 In order to give the golf tournament more support, the Board appointed Gary Salazar to coordinate a subcommittee to assist the Board in this endeavor. If you are interested in participating on the Planning committee, contact Gary Salazar at 303-229-9795.


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2005 Reunion in Trinidad, Colorado

WEDDINGS Marta and Phillip Vigil will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on December 27, 2013. They were married in Mazatlan, Mexico. Time has been a kind companion ensuring happiness to their lives. FOUNDATION UPDATE

Scholarship Applications: Applications for scholarships and grants can be downloaded from the Vigil website, or contact John Vigil at (303) 650-0470 or


Cut-off for the 2014 Scholarship Applications – 4/30/2014 Seeking New Board Members As the Juan de Jesús Vigil Family Foundation approaches its 10 year anniversary in 2015, and hosting its 6th Vigil Family Reunion in 30 years, we are looking for new ideas and enthusiasm to lead the Foundation into the next decade. Please contact John H. Vigil at (303) 650-0470 or and help ensure the continued legacy of our wonderful family.


Nicole and Brandon Vigil announced the birth of a son, Ryker Sage Vigil, born on June 29, 2013 weighing 8 lbs, 14 ounces and 21 inches long. They added that Ryker was a blessing her family, including his grandparents, Dennis and Karla Vigil.


Descendants of Encarnaciόn Vigil Located I am so excited. I just returned from the Family Research Library in Salt Lake City where I met Eldon and Elaine Walton. Eldon is a descendant of Encarnaciόn Vigil, one of Juan De Jesús’ daughters that remained in Mora, New Mexico instead of moving to Trujillo Creek. Until yesterday, I had NO information about this line of our family. Now I have new photos to log, too. Maria Encarnación Vigil had 14 children, 2 of which were born in Trujillo Creek! Encarnaciόn married Jose Marcial Gallegos. One of their sons was Joseph Julian Gallegos.

Top: Alberta (oldest daughter) Middle: Encarnaciόn (2nd daughter – Eldon’s mother), Anne Elizabeth Brown Vigil (Julian’s wife), Julian Gallegos Bottom: Julia, Genevieve, Pearl and Irene

to help me correct several pieces of information and prove that some of the sources I had been using had significant errors. Apparently, there were 2 Juan de Jesús Vigils living about 10 miles apart near Mora: Juan Felipe de Jesús Vigil and Juan de Jesús Vigil. They married wives with similar names and had children with similar names. No wonder people were so confused. I am now adding Primary and Secondary source documentation to the database. Elaine is doing additional research on the Rio Arriba, New Mexico area to obtain for primary documentation.

Carolyn Romero Diane and Tom Maddox (Celedon Vigil)

Julian Gallegos, Eldon’s grandfather

Elaine and Eldon are working at the LDS center – Elaine is in the FML as a researcher. How fortuitous. She was able

This is a project that Tom has been working on for 10 years! He was able to locate most of the money and then convince Catholic Charities to take on the new project. Be sure and check out the VIEW GALLERY to see the 54 orange blankets I made for the beds. Love, Diane


Bishop blesses new Carlsbad men's shelter CARLSBAD — What began as a concern for migrant laborers standing on Carlsbad street corners more than 20 years ago has resulted in a 100-bed mission-style shelter that was blessed Wednesday morning by San Diego’s new bishop. “May all who enter seek to make La Posada, before all else, a dwelling place of love, diffusing far and wide the goodness of Christ,” San Diego Bishop Cirilo Flores said as he blessed the La Posada de Guadalupe shelter, which first opened in 1992 as a cluster of temporary buildings. Flores, who became bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego last month, was at the shelter for a celebration marking the completion of the second of two new buildings at the site. La Posada de Guadalupe was created after a nonprofit called Caring Residents of Carlsbad decided to help homeless migrant workers who congregated on the city’s streets. The group partnered with the city of Carlsbad and Catholic Charities, which runs the complex.

“That sack weighs 90 pounds, you’re up and down ladders,it’s hot and it’s back-breaking work,” he said. “So I understand these fellows, and I have compassion for them.” La Posada de Guadalupe’s two salmon-colored buildings, which resemble a historic mission more than a homeless shelter, sit just off Impala Drive and overlook rolling agriculture fields. After blessing the kitchen and dining room — which feature large open ceilings, Saltillo tiles and towering wooden doors — Flores walked down the hall to bless the 50-bed dorm for homeless men. Tenants had left in search of work hours earlier, leaving behind personal items stashed in boxes or duffle bags under their cots. Across the patio in the as-yet unoccupied second building are administrative offices and 50 beds for migrant workers. Unlike the single-room shelter for homeless men, the beds for day laborers are clustered behind partitions to create small rooms named after various Mexican states such as Veracruz, Michoacán, Oaxaca and Zacatecas. Reading from the Book of Jeremiah during the celebration, Catholic Charities Executive Director Sister RayMonda DuVall said the Lord’s plan for man is a future of hope. “And that’s what La Posada is for, farm workers and homeless men,” she said. “The people who helped create this facility joined in our vision of providing dignity, respect, compassion and hope,” she continued. “Our vision was that men feel welcomed, that men feel ‘I can and I am worthy of other things, that there’s no limit to what I might be able to do.’”

San Diego Bishop Cirilo Flores cuts the ceremonial ribbon Wednesday at the blessing of Catholic Charities' La Posada de Gaudalupe in Carlsbad. With him at right are Carlsbad Councilwoman Farrah Douglas and Caring Residents of Carlsbad President Tom Maddox. At far right is Kathy Steffen off the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

Clients receive emergency housing and meals up to three months at the shelter, where they may work with case managers for counseling about substance abuse, anger issues and finances. The shelter also provides translation and interpretation services, assistance with job searches and medical and dental needs.


Most of the $2.4 million for the construction of the permanent buildings came from Carlsbad’s agriculture mitigation fund, money that developers pay the city when their projects are built on land formerly used for agriculture. Local philanthropists Bob and Marion Wilson donated $500,000 to help pay for the dining room that has been dedicated to them. Speaking at Wednesday’s celebration, Bob Wilson praised the work of day laborers and remembered when, as an Escondido High student in World War II, he and his classmates got out of school early to pick avocados, lemons and oranges because there were not enough field workers around.

Visit our website for books to purchase on line by member authors such as:  Early Roads to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains by Phillip Arnold Vigil  Settlers of the Purgatoire River Valley by Phillip Arnold Vigil  Trujillo Creek in Early Days by Anne Lucero  Vigil Family Cookbook by Andrea Romero  Embracing Life - Poems by Florida Vigil Website:



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Toby was born on March 16, 1947 and attended Mapleton High School in Adams County. Toby enlisted in the United States Army on September 21, 1967 and, re-enlisted for a second tour on October 13, 1970. He was honorably discharged on July 16, 1972. Toby served in the Vietnam Conflict and received the Good Conduct Medal, Rifle Sharpshooter Medal and, the National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars. Toby Vigil will be remembered for his kindness and unselfish attitude towards his family and friends. He remains with us only a memory away.


A Farewell to Toby Alfredo Vigil John H. Vigil delivered a special tribute in honor of his dearest brother Toby Alfredo Vigil on July 10, 2013 at Our Lady of Visitation Catholic Church in Denver.

Since July 2005, we have obtained the oral histories for more than 70 people. If you are willing to participate in this project, please contact Phillip Vigil 303-986-1022 or Jan Lindgren has prepared over 70 oral histories for us. Unfortunately, Jan is suffering from tongue cancer. We send her our prayers for a swift recovery.

VIGIL POETS Caramba! Qué pasa? The stockings were hanging Con mucho cuidado, In hopes that St. Nicolas Would feel obligado

CHRISTMAS CHEERS T’was the night before Christmas And all through the casa Not a creature was stirring

To leave a few cosas Aquí and allí For chico y chica (Y something para mi) Los niños were snuggled All safe in their camas (Some in vestidos, y Some in pajamas)

Their little cabezas Were full of good things Todos esperando Que Santa would bring Santa was down At the corner saloon Muy borracho Since mid-afternoon; Mamá was sitting Besides la ventana Shining her rolling pin Para manaña,

All lit up Like the Star Spangled Banner Cantando “Merry Christmas a todos Y a todos, good night!” Anonymous

From Juan de Jesus Vigil Family Foundation Board of Directors

When Santa would come Zigzagueando


Juan de Jesús Vigil Family Foundation “Educación es la luz del mundo” Education is the light of the world

3072 E. 136th Place; Thornton, CO 80602 (303) 650-0470

December 2013

Dear Vigil Family and Friends: As we approach this special time of the year, we want to highlight the “Season of Giving”.    

Since its inception in September 2005, we have hosted 5 golf functions/silent auctions and dinner events. We are planning our 6th Vigil Family Reunion. (Can you believe that the reunions have now spanned over 30 years?) Family and friends have named the Juan de Jesús Vigil Family Foundation as the recipient of memorial funds as well as company matching programs. Your support with donations, contributions, and sponsorships have made it possible for us to award 19 scholarships totaling more than $25,000.

Congratulations to the following five college students received scholarships in 2013: Giancarlo Vigil (Ft. Lewis College, Durango, Colorado), Cibonet Salazar (University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado), Tyler Elliot (Colorado State University at Ft. Collins, Colorado), and Adam Vigil (University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado). Here’s a fun piece of trivia. Juan de Jesús would have celebrated his 200th birthday during December 2013. Happy Birthday, dear Juan de Jesús Vigil. In honor of Juan de Jesus Vigil’s 200th birthday, and to continue the important work of the Juan de Jesús Vigil Family Foundation, please consider making a donation in the enclosed envelope. If we all make a $25 contribution (or $200 in honor of Juan’s birthday), we can achieve our 2014 scholarship goal. Encourage people to apply for a scholarship/grant. In these difficult economic times, there are many people who need to improve their education to be able to be better prepared to succeed in the work force. (Deadline is 4/30/2014.) Thank you for your continued support of the Juan de Jesús Vigil Family Foundation. Have a blessed and safe holiday filled with family and friends. Sincerely,

John H. Vigil President

Board of Directors John H, Vigil, President, JoAnn Phillips, Vice President, Mimi Vigil, Secretary, Carl Salazar, Treasurer, Carolyn M. Romero, Member at Large Rosemary Salazar, George F. Vigil, Rose Theresa Vigil, Beverly Vigil Sasse, Jose Perez, Phillip Vigil, Andrea Romero, Arsenio Vigil, Kalee Salazar

IMPORTANT DATES Deadline for Scholarship Applications * April 30, 2014 2014 Scholarships Awarded * June 30, 2014 7th Annual Vigil Memorial Golf Tournament and BBQ * July 19, 2014 6TH Juan de Jesus Vigil Family Reunion * July 17 – 19, 2015

Vigil Family Foundation 3068 W 11th Ave. Circle Broomfield, CO 80020

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