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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A Migrant Story

My dear sisters and brothers, It was a Saturday afternoon and our staff was preparing to close for the weekend when a young man staggered in – bloody, bruised and dehydrated.  He had fallen off the infamous train called La Bestia or the death train that migrants ride to escape the horrors in their countries. …

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A Donor’s Reflection on Shoes

We received this beautiful letter from a donor: “I understand how important shoes are for the children to be properly outfitted to go to school.  My father and mother both came from poor beginnings on farms where there was never enough money even for necessities. My father even skipped his high school graduation because he…

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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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Thank You, Sky Cross

The Casa Franciscana Mission is blessed to be a partner with Sky Cross.  This organization was founded in 1995 by Terry and Kathy Bliquez, a retired U.S. Air Force couple.  Since Terry was an aviation pilot, the idea was to fly supplies to the very poor as their ministry.  Hence the name Sky Cross.  What…

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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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