With the help of our dedicated staff in Guaymas and generous donor gifts, our Mission helped more individuals in 2021 than ever before. Our team overcame the challenges associated with Covid-19 restrictions by taking the Mission’s services on the road. Bringing assistance to individuals, families, the elderly and children in struggling communities, our mission was…

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Christmas and angels go together.  The final touch of the Christmas tree is often the angel on the top.  Yet, I’ve met angels in the disguise of ordinary people.  One was Sabina, the mother of 12 and 14 year old daughters.  We discovered her during our external ministry into the barrios.  She was in unbearable…

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My dear brothers and sisters,                                                                October, 2021 As the Transitus (passing from this life to the next) of St. Francis approaches, I reflect on the Janet Sullivan Whitaker verse: The hungry, the lonely, the forgotten, the neglected, abandoned, invisible, the homeless, the battered, the frightened, the hopeless, the dying.  All of these are Me. These…

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My dear brothers and sisters, Imagine children who  have NEVER had shoes!  I am Fr. Martin, Director of the Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas, MX.  Each year we reach out to help the children as they prepare for school in the poor neighborhoods and migrant farmworker camps. Shoes are required for them to attend school…

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Esperanza (her name means hope) is sleepy after the ten hour all night drive from Guaymas in a crowded van.  Soon after she was born, a heart defect was discovered.  Some say it was miracle that Casa Franciscana was able to get her to Phoenix where the good Shriner doctors from Utah were holding a…

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Jose has cerebral palsy.  He was totally incapacitated and difficult for his family to care for him with his misshapen legs.  After treatment through the Shriners, he is able to walk with lightweight molded braces and special crutches that clip to his arms.  Jose is happy to attend school and to continue to receive treatment. …

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Maria was born with one leg shorter than the other. As a toddler, she would not walk because it caused pain to her hip and she cried with frustration. Her mother heard about the Casa Franciscana trips to Phoenix for specialized medical care. She took Maria to our clinic where she was enrolled in the…

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Dear Sisters and Brothers, Meet Araceli; she is one of the thousands of children in Mexico who have NEVER had shoes.  In the winter her little feet are cold and in the summer she scurries across the hot gravel and dirt and trash. This sweet child wants to go to school.  Even though it is…

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The children, elderly, homeless, widows, single mothers, hardworking migrant farmers and all of our marginalized brothers and sisters served by the Casa Franciscana Mission count on us for the basic necessities that we offer.  We depend on you to care and to help. However, the Casa Franciscana Outreach board is always looking for other opportunities…

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