Imagine Children Without Shoes

My dear sisters and brothers , SHOES!  Imagine never having a pair of shoes or imagine sharing shoes with siblings to take turns going to school!!  During COVID, our Casa Franciscana Mission buildings were shut down; so we took our ministries directly to the people. We discovered even more children deprived of education due to…

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Parents Caring about Parents

When people are asked “what would you take if you were forced to quickly evacuate your home?” the answer is always family photos. But imagine not having any! This is the situation of many of the poor that the Casa Franciscana Mission serves. Frequently, as our team distributes shoes, they take pictures of the children…

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A Memorial Day Call to Action

Gracious God, Thank you that in our nation today, we are free to worship. We are free to pray. We are free to read your Word.  We are free to speak.  We are free to share. For this, we are incredibly grateful. Yet, we understand how quickly these freedoms can be taken away. On this…

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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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