Service Mission November 9th-12th

                                                  Put your Faith and Humanity to Work

When you visit Casa Franciscana, Guaymas, often the expectation is to find the beautiful traditional California style mission.  Instead, there are old run-down buildings scattered throughout the neighborhoods where the friars live and serve.  These facilities support a food kitchen, culinary school, a children’s dining room/after school program, a medical/dental clinic, women’s co-op, temporary quarters for migrants, a guest house for pilgrims and the friars living quarters.  The dilemma is that money spent on repair is money unavailable to serve the poor.  So the CFO board is asking for volunteers to join them on a service mission to repair, paint, and clean up.  The trip will include stimulating evenings with Fr. Tommy discussing Franciscan spirituality.  Here are some reasons to go:

  • Put your faith and humanity to work.
  • Preserve one of the most important community support institutions in Guaymas.
  • Demonstrate hope and solidarity to the community.
  • Grow your Franciscan perspective on service to the poor.
  • Develop long lasting relationships with your service mission partners.

The team is capped at 16; so sign up now.  This small intimate group provides an opportunity to connect with your fellow missionaries, the friars, the Casa Franciscana staff and the community.  The total cost is $350 per person which includes transportation (van), meals, sleeping quarters and project materials.  Age requirements are adults 18 years and older and teens 16 to 18 years if accompanied by a parent or guardian and approval of the team leaders.  The activities are outdoors and involve strenuous work such as painting, digging, lifting and carrying.  For further information or to register, please go to:  For specific questions, you may also email Kevin Gralen, the team leader, at

Our CFO team has been taking service missions and pilgrimages to Guaymas for decades.  Come join us and feel God’s love in this special place called Casa Franciscana Mission.


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