Robert Keith is a well-known photographer commissioned to take pictures of Sandra Day O’Connor, Larry Fitzgerald, Jennifer Lopez and others that you would recognize.  We are so blessed that for 12 years, Robert chose to serve God and the poor by contributing his creative talents as a member of the CFO board.  His pictures bring…

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Dear Friends, The COVID-19 virus hits the poor especially hard.  At the Guaymas Mission, we are seeing increasing numbers of families in the daily food line.  Our goal is to keep our neighbors at home by providing beans and rice for them to cook in our food bag deliveries.  Our daily guests at the Meson…

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Feliz Cumpleaños (Happy Birthday) to our Denise Nagel Youth Center!! Located in the barrio called Fatima, it is now celebrating one year since the doors opened February 22, 2019.  A big event will be the Youth Center’s first soccer game complete with uniforms!!  About 30 young people come after school each day to learn computer…

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One year, to observe Earth Day, I decided not to consume resources such as water, electricity, gasoline, disposable items – you get the idea (sort of a one day Lent).   I did allot myself three gallons of water.    Very quickly my day deteriorated as I was unable to make coffee in my electric coffee maker. …

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This Easter we celebrate Br. Ivo Toneck who left this earthFebruary 29, 2020, after 32 years at the Casa Franciscana Mission. I would like to relate some memories of this remarkable friar. Not long ago, Ivo made his usual arrival in his beat-up pickup truck which is shown in this picture for his final ride…

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Meson de Niño’s

The situation related to COVID-19 is extremely dynamic in Guaymas and the Mexican government is starting to take protective measures – work from home, businesses shut down for a period of time, canceled school and no large group gatherings. Based upon the current conditions, the Casa Franciscana leadership team is dramatically reducing our services for…

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Fathers that Carry a Heavy Cross

My dear brothers and sisters, Some of you who visited our Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas, MX will remember Roberto, the elderly man who always wore his weathered cowboy hat.  He walked approximately a mile down a precarious graveled road, with the help of his cane, six days a week to eat at the Mesón…

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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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Brother Ivo left this world February 29, 2020 at the age of 97.  He was an example for all of us to believe in our God, to believe in the goodness of people and to persevere.  He came to the Casa Franciscan Mission approximately 40 years ago with the idea that Music is the language…

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