Over the weekend, after attending Holy Mass, Public Square Rosary Campaign Volunteers were taken on a pilgrimage to Coronado Heights, south of Salina, KS.
Tradition has it that in 1541, the Spanish conquistador, Coronado along with his army, were on that height overlooking the extensive valley below. Accompanying Coronado was a Franciscan missionary, named Father Juan Padilla. Coronado returned to Santa Fe.
Father Padilla returned to that regions of Kansas to convert the Indians. In 1542 he was martyred in that region of Kansas. He is known as the proto - martyr of the United States.
After a little sight seeing in the area the volunteers were taken to a fine family style chicken dinner at the Brookville Hotel located in Abilene.
This restaurant has a Victorian theme with beautiful ceilings, wallpaper, linen table cloths and well dressed and well mannered staff.