Guam 2015: Up and Down Pale San Vitores Road

Praying for the safety of the island. Be safe, Guam.

Crow Canyon Journal

Pale (pronounced “pah-lee”) is Chamorro for priest (derived from padre, the Spanish word for father) and Pale Diego Luis de San Vitores, a Spanish Jesuit, was the first Catholic priest on Guam. He arrived in 1668 and immediately began converting the local natives. In 1672 he baptized the daughter of a local chieftain with her mother’s permission but not her father’s who became furious when he heard the news the next day and murdered the priest. Both the baptism and the priest’s death occurred near where the Guam Reef Hotel stands today on the road that parallels Tumon Beach and is often referred to as Hotel Row. Its official name, though, is Pale San Vitores Road and we walked up and down the street several times during our two-week stay in Guam last month.

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