Hope in the MakingA Year of Tragedies and Blessings

In the midst of so much grief and desolation from Hurricane Marty — as the hundreds of poor and newly homeless came to us for help — so many blessings came from everywhere. Our Casa Franciscana Out≠reach immediately put out the call to you for aid and you quickly answered.

We were able to distribute 1,000 food boxes in a short period of time and our mesons (dining rooms) became distribution centers for not only food but clothing, medicines and shelter. Tents were erected in Fatima, one of the communities often visited by our pilgrims. A medical mission followed soon after and now we are working to provide more permanent shelters with roofs. Our mesons continue to be lifelines and refuges. All of this brings hope and reassurance that God has not forgotten His poor.

We trust in Him that we will continue for the next months to provide for our people through you and your love. Every day, I thank the Lord for you and wish you and your families a blessed New Year. Please pray for us here in Guaymas, as we pray for you ...

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


CHRISTíS GIFT TO US! His call to us to love.Br Ivo's Dream Coming True

Brother Ivo is an example for all of to believe in the goodness of people and to persevere. He came to the Casa Francis≠cana Mission approximately thirty years ago with the idea that Music is the language of the soul (Alice Barrett) bringing joy and a way out of poverty. How right he was! In 1996, with donations from the CFO (you), he formed a mariachi band and group of folklorico dancers which provided employment for its members and entertainment for the fiestas in Guaymas. Many of us enjoyed their music and applauded their dedication and professionalism when they visited the Franciscan Renewal Center in Phoenix.

The group captured the attention of St. Pope John Paul II. They played for him in Rome and the Pope came on stage and sang with them - quite a moment!

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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