My dear brothers and sisters, Imagine children who  have NEVER had shoes!  I am Fr. Martin, Director of the Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas, MX.  Each year we reach out to help the children as they prepare for school in the poor neighborhoods and migrant farmworker camps. Shoes are required for them to attend school…

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Esperanza (her name means hope) is sleepy after the ten hour all night drive from Guaymas in a crowded van.  Soon after she was born, a heart defect was discovered.  Some say it was miracle that Casa Franciscana was able to get her to Phoenix where the good Shriner doctors from Utah were holding a…

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Jose has cerebral palsy.  He was totally incapacitated and difficult for his family to care for him with his misshapen legs.  After treatment through the Shriners, he is able to walk with lightweight molded braces and special crutches that clip to his arms.  Jose is happy to attend school and to continue to receive treatment. …

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Maria was born with one leg shorter than the other. As a toddler, she would not walk because it caused pain to her hip and she cried with frustration. Her mother heard about the Casa Franciscana trips to Phoenix for specialized medical care. She took Maria to our clinic where she was enrolled in the…

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Did you know that the Casa Franciscana Outreach (CFO) has no staff with the exception of a contracted accountant.  In order to keep our administrative expenses low, allowing more money for direct services, may we suggest that you consider becoming a recurring donor.  This means that your desired amount (for example $15 per month) would…

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A heartfelt thank you to Kevin Gralen who, after six years on the CFO Board and five years as president, is leaving us.  Kevin brought a special spirituality to the board with his ultimate example of living the Gospel – service to others.  In his words:  In one of the impoverished areas of the world,…

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Since the COVID pandemic shut down our dining rooms and many other services, the heroic friars and staff of Casa Franciscana have brought the services directly to the needy.  Amongst these are the migrant farmworker families in the camps of the agricultural companies.  The migrants usually come from the far southern states of Mexico on…

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Br. Ivo Toneck, OFMDecember 5, 1927-February 29, 2020 On Thursday evenings, Ivo and Gerard would join us for Mass and dinner.About six months ago, Ivo made his usual Thursday arrival in his beat-up pickup truck, would take a seat in our living room and enjoy his beloved Coca Cola while discussing with us the latest…

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My Dear Sisters & Brothers, When I was a child growing up with eight siblings, one of the many exciting moments in our Christmas preparation was putting the manger scene under the Christmas tree. Besides the Holy Family, there were the wise men, the shepherds and the angels. Each brought a gift. The wise men…

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