Supported by Casa Franciscana Outreach, Scottsdale, AZ
The Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas (CFMG), Sonora, Mexico dates back to 1968, when the Mexican Obregon Diocese asked the Franciscan Province of Saint Barbara, CA, USA to provide pastoral care to the English-speaking community in San Carlos, Mexico. The friars agreed to minister this care to the San Carlos community under the condition that they could also serve the poor in the neighboring city of Guaymas, Mexico. Today, CFMG addresses the needs of vulnerable populations in Guaymas with services including a free dining room, shelter for migrants, youth center, healthcare clinic and collaboration with Shriners’ International Hospital. CFMG also provides “External Ministry” to marginalized areas of Guaymas with a focus on visiting elders that are ill and homebound, farmworkers in the Guaymas valley agricultural fields, and migrants in Empalme, to whom they offer shelter and visit at the railroad every day.
Through these ministries, the staff embodies Catholic social teaching on the dignity of the individual and the Franciscan commitment to the poor and values of prayer, community, joy.