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Dollies Making A Difference to the Rescue!!

As the hurricane season approaches in Guaymas, the Casa Franciscana Mission truly received a form of “manna from heaven”.   The roof on the Comodor Infantil San Benito (Children’s Dining Room) would probably not survive another storm.  Dollies Making a Difference (DMAD), an organization of amazing women came to the rescue with a grant for the…

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Prayer for the Missionaries

Photo by Dr. Rivera, Guaymas MX Prayer for The Missionaries Good Father, full of love and compassion,we ask you for the Pope, the bishops priests, religious and missionaries that take your Gospel to all the earth, blessing them and giving them your love so they can keep living a life for the love of Christ the missionary.…

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Memorial Day Prayer

On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom.  May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for God to bless the families of those who have lost loved ones while serving our great nation…

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Help Children Read

Dear ones, We were blind but now we see: John 9.25!!!  These words may also be called “aha moments”.  For example,  six years ago we realized that children were not going to school in order to come to our adult room to eat their only meal of the day.   Food is not served in schools.  …

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Washing the Feet of Our Brothers

Br. Raul Diaz knows hunger.  He grew up in rural El Salvador with five siblings.  One of the highlights of his childhood was going to town with his mother to buy rice and corn.  Hopefully, the supply would last until their next trip.   These outings also provided him an opportunity to read the newspaper.  He…

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Observations from Guaymas

Each year the CFO board, travels to Guaymas.  On our recent trip, we were in awe watching the amazing Mission staff in action. Cries for help from those in need fill each day and unexpected happenings are around every corner. Their secret weapons for turning tragedy into something more manageable are patience, love and total unselfishness. Irma, the social work who has…

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The Resurrection of Guaymas

Dear Ones, The death of beloved Fr. Elias in December made us aware that many of our newer supporters are not familiar with the history of the Casa Franciscana Mission. It is the story of the resurrection and hope of the Guaymas poor, an appropriate reflection for Easter, the resurrection of Christ, the hope of the world.In 1969, the bishop of…

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The Food Chain in Guaymas

Meet Adolfo and his grandson.  They are among the people in the poor hills of Guaymas that receive our food boxes.  Recently, we accompanied Fr. Tommy on his delivery and found the young boy and the old man sitting on their patio.  We could not help but to chuckle at what we saw between them. …

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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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January 14th-19th Medical Mission

Each year the Casa Franciscana Mission provides a “portable” medical mission to the rural communities outside of Guaymas, MX.  The undertaking is a joint effort of Casa Franciscana staff, the Franciscan friars from the Province of Santa Barbara who are medical professionals, local volunteer physicians and dentist, countless other volunteers, the local Public Health Department…

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