Please Help Us to Go to School!

My dear brothers and sisters, July 24, 2017 This time last year, I reached out to you for help to send the children in the poor neighborhoods of Guaymas to school. Here and, possibly even in the U.S., children cannot go to school without shoes. Imagine the heartache of parents who cannot afford to feed…

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WHY WOULDN’T YOU?

WHY WOULDN’T YOU?

If you could double your gift to the Casa Franciscana Mission without costing you a cent, WHY WOULDN’T YOU? Hundreds of U.S. companies will match their employees’ charitable donations. Some will even match donations of their retirees. Go to this webpage to find your company: Corporate Match Directory.pdf Most matching companies require verification of the…

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Dollies Making A Difference

Dollies Making A Difference

Dollies Making A Difference is an organization founded in 2010. A group of Los Angeles women got together and began sewing cloth dollies to comfort children in Haiti following the devastating earthquake. They expanded the project to send their colorful dollies and, now, teddy bears to children in difficult situations all over the world.  …

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Fathers That Carry A Heavy Cross

Fathers that Carry a Heavy Cross

Guaymas, Mexico – The heavy cross of being a father in the ghetto is overwhelming. The average wage in the communities served by the Casa Franciscana Mission is 85 pesos (less than $5.00 U.S.) a day.  That is for those lucky enough to be employed!  Like all fathers, they just want to be able to take care of their…

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San Carlos Community Helps the Mission

San Carlos, Mexico – As the winter community members of beautiful San Carlos prepared to return to the United States and Canada for the summer, they generously purchased 175 kilos (about 385 lbs) of meat for the Meson de Jésus, the Mission’s adult dining room. Maggy Murray, Carol Cisneros, Sharon Ahern and Anna Klein are the engines…

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Prayer for Our Mothers

Prayer for Our Mothers

A prayer for our Mothers – on this special day of honoring Mothers and everyday.     "Lord God we pray for mothers everywhere. Like Samuel’s mother, may they have wisdom to know how to protect their children and keep them from harm. Like Naomi, may they be able to turn hard situations into good.…

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Honor Your Mother by Helping

Mother caring for children with Muscular Dystrophy

Honor your Mother by helping. She would be very pleased!! Guaymas, Mexico – Meet just a few of the mothers who are part of the Casa Franciscana Family.       Elionay is a grandmother who cares for her eight grandchildren ranging in ages from 6 to 16.  Two of the boys, 15 and 16 years…

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Mothers Day at the Mission

As Mothers Day approaches, my thoughts turn to Mary.  Knowing the love of my own mother (one of my many blessings), my heart breaks as I think of Mary watching the suffering of her Son during the passion and not able to help Him or comfort Him.  And what unspeakable grief she must have experienced…

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Bob Urian Receives Highest Honor

Bob Urian Receives Highest Honor by the Franciscans

On March 23rd, Bob Urian, former President of the CFO, was conferred with the Franciscan Spiritual Affiliation Award.  This is the highest honor bestowed on a lay person and brings with it the privilege of sharing all the spiritual aspects of the Province of Santa Barbara.  When asked what was his greatest memory of the…

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