A Jesuit Seminarian stayed at the Casa last year, and here is part of his story . . .
“I went to teach catechism with Sisters Angeles and Teresa in the Santa Julia Colonia. It is far off and known for its high crime rate. Many houses are built precariously along the hillside. We visited two hardworking families. They were very warm and generous. We later reached the Center, a small building with three classrooms and a large field. The Sisters told of the problems they have with theft and vandalism even though the rooms are very simple. It was living in extreme poverty or in very desperate situations which led to this destruction, I thought.”
“I was asked to share my vocation story with the kids and was not sure how they would receive it, my reality being so very different from the one they were living. Certain things are universal, such as love for God and a calling to make something meaningful out of one’s life no matter social status.The students listed attentively and asked many good questions. At the end of class, we went outside to play soccer, girls versus boys. Girls beat us 11 to 6. This was a great experience which I can share with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I am grateful to God and to the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for the priceless work that they do.”
Help Us with School Supplies, Shoes, and Socks for Children
There is always a need for: staple food, vitamin pills, toilet paper, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo — things we take for granted. Mexican authorities forbid used clothing to be taken across the border. So please, NO used clothing.
The old, infirm, and mentally ill have no other means of food, comfort, and support as we do in the U.S. The Sisters are their support. For the young or middle-aged, the Casa is a positive transition haven until they find a job. They always seek work; independence is important for them.
Adopt a Student with a Monthly Gift
School increases dignity in the children by giving them a proper education in the “3 Rs”, while the Sisters instruct them in the important tenets of our Faith. The Nuns (with your donations) help and assist over 500 students with school supplies and other necessities every September. The Scholarship fund increases as the Sisters find more and more wothy students who truly desire to study and improve their life situation. They are discovering vocation goals and working toward them. It is an exciting time of life for these dedicated children. Let us continue to help! Now, you can Adopt a Student by setting up a monthly donation.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS THIS MONTH
We sent $20,024.72 to our Franciscan Missionaries from 50 donors. Thank you for $5,000 from a generous donor and yet another big gift for scholarships! Thank you for your gifts of bedding, school supplies, and food. Your donations brighten the lives of those who come to the Casa. They thank God daily before breakfast for the special blessings that you make possible in their lives.
Tax receipts are available upon request. We have NO EXPENSES (except PayPal and credit card charges), your donations go directly to the poor. No one is ever turned away at the Casa. Please pray for these people, as they pray for us.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFUL GENEROSITY TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN NEED