Planting a New Tree of Life

One of the Franciscan values is care for creation which includes Mother Earth.  In observance of Earth Day, Fr. Martin and his team gathered in a rural neighborhood outside of Guaymas where some of the poorest of the poor live. They were there to launch a new pilot project – to plant fruit trees.  Even…

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A Cross for Ramon

My dear sisters and brothers, He had no form or majesty that we should look at him…he was despised and rejected by others.  Isaiah 53:2-7.  This was our brother Ramon.  He was an alcoholic who lived on the streets and a frequent visitor to our food lines, clothing bank and medical clinic.  One day, Ramon…

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Angels All Around Us

Christmas and angels go together.  The final touch of the Christmas tree is often the angel on the top.  Yet, I’ve met angels in the disguise of ordinary people.  One was Sabina, the mother of 12 and 14 year old daughters.  We discovered her during our external ministry into the barrios.  She was in unbearable…

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Feed the Hungry

My dear brothers and sisters,                                                                October, 2021 As the Transitus (passing from this life to the next) of St. Francis approaches, I reflect on the Janet Sullivan Whitaker verse: The hungry, the lonely, the forgotten, the neglected, abandoned, invisible, the homeless, the battered, the frightened, the hopeless, the dying.  All of these are Me. These…

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Every Child Should Have Shoes

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Meet Araceli; she is one of the thousands of children in Mexico who have NEVER had shoes.  In the winter her little feet are cold and in the summer she scurries across the hot gravel and dirt and trash. This sweet child wants to go to school.  Even though it is…

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CFO ACCEPTED AS A MEMBER OF FRY’S COMMUNITY PROGRAM

The children, elderly, homeless, widows, single mothers, hardworking migrant farmers and all of our marginalized brothers and sisters served by the Casa Franciscana Mission count on us for the basic necessities that we offer.  We depend on you to care and to help. However, the Casa Franciscana Outreach board is always looking for other opportunities…

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Christ’s Cross: The Tree of Life

Dear sisters and brothers, Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead after being crucified on a tree.  Yes, the cross was made of a tree.  From His sacrifice another tree sprouted – the Franciscan Tree of Life (FTOL).  Many of you know the missionaries who “pollinated” this tree carrying out Christ’s entreaty:…

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Caring through Books

My dear Sisters and Brothers, Nothing lights up the world like the smile of a child.  With our children’s dining room and the youth center closed due to the pandemic we do not see many smiles.  Children wander aimlessly with sickness and poverty all around them.  As we have moved our ministries into the barrios,…

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Prayer before Opening Gifts

Back by request or start a new tradition: Prayer of Thanks before Opening Gifts Lord, let us hold this time in our hearts, the wrong sizes, the snippets of ribbon and most important, each other. Help us to remember the immense love you have for every person in this room and those that cannot be…

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Does Our Lady Of Guadalupe Live in Guaymas?

In 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican farmer. During that first sacred encounter and in several more apparitions over the next few days, Mary spoke to Juan Diego in his native Aztec language and asked him to petition the bishop to build a church. She instructed him to bring roses to…

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