Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves: Recognizing the Saints That are Special to SMA

By Robin Loving Rowland

The Pope recently explained how the Church will be remembered for the saints and its art featuring the saints. In San Miguel’s Catholic culture, the saints are intimate friends in ordinary life, not antique figures from a distant past. To understand, recognize, and (more importantly) enjoy the saints and art of San Miguel, the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende Midday is offering a free interactive workshop on Tuesday, April 7, at 12:30pm, Hotel Misión, Salida a Querétaro 1.

Rotary Presentation
Recognizing the Saints that are Special to San Miguel
Tue, Apr 7, 12:30pm
Hotel Misión
Salida a Querétaro 1

Local author and storyteller Joseph Toone, author of, will be the speaker. Toone leads fundraising tours and lectures on providing a practical understanding of how indigenous culture became part of the Catholic faith reflected in today’s fiestas.  Following a chocolate childhood in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and a prolonged Catholic education (through graduate school at Marymount University), Toone began his career in the US State Department’s Foreign Service as an American diplomat working in embassies overseas. Soon after, he started an international technical writing company that he sold 20 years later. He was able to work from home and be primary caregiver to his now adult children. During this time Toone also wrote two books on the Carolina Low Country, including the popular and award winning ghost story tales in Cape Fear’s Haunting Women. He also volunteered as a teacher of English as a second language both in the US and abroad.

Toone retired to San Miguel and now enjoys performing with San Miguel’s danzón companies that perform throughout Mexico, writing articles on local Catholic and cultural traditions for, and storytelling, performing his tales of growing up in Chocolate Town, USA. For more information, see


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