Posts by Mark Hiland

The Gifts You Bring

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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A Path Out of Poverty: The Denise Nagel Youth Center

In November 2017, the Mission staff went door-to-door to approximately 400 homes in four barrios (neighborhoods). The goal was to identify the unmet needs in these communities. The lack of resources for youths aged 12 to 18 years was a consistent theme. The result was the opening of the Denise Nagel Youth Center (YC) on…

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NEVER underestimate the power of shoes!

My dear brothers and sisters,   Each year I reach out to you for shoes to help to send the children in the poor neighborhoods of Guaymas to school.  Each year you answer my prayers.  Children cannot go to school without shoes and we need your compassion.  Imagine the heartache of parents who cannot afford…

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Easter is upon us, do not forget those less fortunate

My dear sisters and brothers, One of the differences between Guaymas, MX and many of the places in the United States is that the poor, not the rich, live in the foothills.  Why?  The answer is simple; because there is little or no water or electricity or trash removal brought up into the hills.  The…

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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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