Fr Tommy KingTwo Roads

As we bid farewell to Fr. Martin, we thank him for his selfless service and inspiration to us all. In the three years at the Mission, he brought about a major re-organization and initiated the Meson de Ninos, the Culinary Program, and the Women’s Co-op. More importantly, he provided an abundance of love, comfort and hope as he ministered to his flock during their personal tragedies, the horrific October typhoon and the heartbreaking deaths of the three beloved nuns who ran the orphanage. The one year anniversary of that car crash just passed.

In the Father Martin way, his final Mass at the Mission is to honor YOU for your kindness and support. He reminds us of the importance of never abandoning the poor and that it is not our role to judge. We ask God to guide him in his new position as Vicar and we prepare to welcome Fr. Tommy King as the new Casa Franciscana Mission Director.

Fr. Tommy is 59 years old and comes to us from St. Boniface in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District where he was pastor. With the true Franciscan missionary heart, he served 11 years in Guatemala and Peru where he traveled the Amazon in a 14 foot aluminum boat visiting his parishioners in 61 villages along the river. Fr. Tommy says that “Mission and evangelization are Jesus’s job description for me.”

2ROADS_FrMartin While Fr. Martin takes the road from the slums of Guaymas to the Provincial House in Oakland, Fr. Tommy is walking the 500 mile pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago beginning in France and ending in Spain to prepare for his new assignment.

Along the way he emailed: “Eight centuries of millions of pilgrims and millions of prayers.  WOW!  I wonder what the Lord is saying to me as I walk this Sacred Path? … I must say I am a bit nervous about this new job, I know God has exciting things in store for me and the ministries of Casa Franciscana Outreach.  Please pray for me that I will be open to God's wisdom and guidance in this new ministry.“

- Paz y Bien

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The CFO is a Non-Profit Corporation, founded in the early 1980's. It is ministry under the direction of the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara, Oakland, CA. An all volunteer organization, the Outreach is rooted in the principles, traditions and philosophies of the Franciscan Order.

Its sole purpose is to provide financial support for the Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas. As an entity of the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara, the Outreach is the U.S. link to the Guaymas Mission. Through the Outreach, benefactors are able to provide financial support for the Guaymas Mission, and in-turn receive a tax deduction for their generosity.

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