Saying “YES” to GodSaying “YES” to God

My dear brothers and sisters,

We celebrate Easter as a time of redemption, resurrection and new beginnings. All this is possible because God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son (John 3:16) and because his Son, even knowing what He would endure, said “Yes” to his Father. We all have times in our lives when God calls us and, if we are listening, we will say “Yes”. I recently had such an experience.

Every three years the Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Barbara pray to our heavenly Father, his Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for guidance and discernment as we elect the Provincial Minister (similar to president), the Provincial Vicar (similar to vice president) and six Definitors (similar to cabinet members) who will shepherd the friars and the many Franciscan ministries. This happened in January when my brother Franciscans honored me by selecting me as their Vicar. The position requires me to physically leave my beloved Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas, MX in June and to live in Oakland, CA. However, my new role allows me to make more people aware of the needs of the poor at the Mission and of God’s work that is being done. Father Tommy King will be replacing me. He is known for his passion for the poor serving as a missionary in Peru and Guatemala. You will learn more about him in the next CFO newsletter.

Thank you to all of you who, even without knowing me personally or being in our Mission, continue believing in our ministry. It is because of your generosity and love that we are able to work toward our vision of “illuminating pathways from the injustice of poverty to the abundance of God”.

- Fr Martin Jose Ibarra de Luna, OFM
Director of Mission Casa Franciscana, Guaymas, Mexico

Smile for the Mission!Smile for the Mission!

Amazon, the online giant, created a special program to contribute to the charities chosen by its customers. Casa Franciscana Outreach is one of the listed charities!! Amazon, the online giant, created a special program to contribute to the charities chosen by its customers. Casa Franciscana Outreach is one of the listed charities!!

The program is called AmazonSmile. It is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Casa Franciscana Mission every time you shop with no cost to you. When you make a purchase at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the price to help support the Mission’s programs.

We hope that you will consider signing up for this program as another way to make the path walked by our brothers and sisters in Guaymas easier. Also, every time you shop at please say a prayer for the Casa Franciscana Mission.

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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