Posts by Mark Hiland

What if there had been NO Christmas?

My dear brothers and sisters, One of the late Senator John McCain’s prisoner of war experiences was shared in memorializing him. It was Christmas Eve and he had been tortured. His hands and feet were tightly bound with course rope. The pain was excruciating and with no circulation, he would have lost his hands and…

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Will God Welcome You at your Transitus

My dear sisters and brothers, Each year as the Transitus (passing from this life to the next) of St. Francis approaches, I reflect on my own life and wonder at times if I am living it with a true Franciscan heart.  St. Francis opened his heart to the poor, to the lepers and to all…

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Simplify your Donations to your Brothers and Sisters in Guaymas

Consider a monthly donation. It will change the life for our brothers and sisters in Guaymas. $5/month – two round trip bus tickets to get to and from work $15/month – a child’s well visit + immunizations $25/month – a prenatal visit with lab work and vitamin supply $50/month – a complete dental visit and…

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What is a good day in Guaymas?

April 19 th , the Casa Franciscana Outreach board traveled by the night bus to the Mission in Guaymas. Each year we make the trip to meet with our Mexican counterparts (duel boards are required to satisfy the nonprofit status on both sides of the border). We also visit the programs to see first- hand…

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Feeding Children with More than Food

The most heavily used service of the Mission is the dining rooms (mésons). They provide two meals a day, six days a week. Children came and often had their only food for the day. Some would trade off going to school to eat. Approximately five years ago, we became conscious that it was not healthy…

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Father’s Day Prayer

Dear brothers and sisters, As Father’s Day approaches and I walk the barrios of Guaymas, I’m reminded of a prayer with an origin attributed to the Methodist Church in Africa: Loving and Merciful God, our thoughts and prayers today are turned toward our fathers. For those whose fathers have increased the joy in their families’…

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Mother’s Day prayer

Honor your Mother on Mother’s Day To those who comfort with a mother’s hand, we thank you. To those who encourage with a mother’s praise, we applaud you. To those who love with a mother’s heart, we honor you. We ask God’s blessings on you Mother’s Day and always.       If you buy…

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Put your Faith to Work with the Friars in Guaymas

Casa Franciscana Service Mission Group Photo in Guaymas, Mexico

Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas – Our mission. Your service mission team will minister to the Casa Franciscana support facilities while serving in Guaymas. Each day you will work in small teams on the facilities and then develop your Franciscan theological understanding each afternoon and in the evenings. By strengthening and working on the Casa…

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