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Mexico

Population: 122.3 million
Percent Below Poverty Line: 52.3%

We have answered the call to evangelize in Mexico since 1998. The Legion of Christ had long been doing missions in Mexico when they realized they wanted to provide more help. They were offering their priestly services serving the community spiritually, but the people needed physical uplift as well. Today, we are involved in many ways in Mexico from rebuilding schools, to providing spiritual uplift, and bringing food to the hungry.

Explore the tabs to learn more about the mission to end the cycle of poverty and violence in Mexico.

ETC Projects

Gospel of Peace

The Gospel of Peace Initiative in Michoacán, Mexico

Bishop Navarro Gospel of Peace - MexicoThe people of Michoacán are fleeing to the United States border to escape persecution and drug violence, and find safety. Bishop Javier Navarro does not want to stand idly by while his city comes to ruin. 

 “The people of Michoacán, Mexico constantly live in fear. Michoacán suffers from the highest rate of homicide and kidnapping in all of Mexico. The children are bought and sold by traffickers while mothers are kidnapped and abused. Leaving the house at night means risking your life. Gangs and drug cartels doing the devil’s work are gaining power.” 

– Bishop Javier Navarro

But the route to flee is just as dangerous as staying home for our brothers and sisters in Christ. 

The Gospel of Peace is an initiative to combat the violence that plagues the world starting with those in Michoacán, Mexico.

Read Bishop Navarro's plea to Catholic World Mission to gain support for evangelization in one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico here.

“We have heroic priests and nuns fighting for our people, but it is not enough. We need more help, more foot soldiers for Christ. I have a plan, but I need your help at Catholic World Mission. Please.” 
- Bishop Navarro

 Sharing the Gospel of Peace - Mexico Carlos Teaching Catechisis Gospel of Peace - Mexico Children benefiting from missionaries Gospel of Peace - Mexico

Listening to the Gospel of Peace - Mexico Question and Answer Board - Gospel of Peace - Mexico Eucharistic Celebration - Gospel of Peace - Mexico

Bishop Navarro has met with the people of Michoacán who do not want their city to remain under the rule of the gangs and drug cartels. His plan is to promote the Gospel of Peace bringing peace and hope to men, women and children all across Mexico.

"The children here are especially at risk. In record numbers, they fall away from our Catholic faith while lured into life on the streets – joining gangs, peddling drugs and committing other harmful and unlawful acts." - Bishop Navarro

For the Gospel of Peace to prevail Bishop Navarro urgently needs funds for the formation of missionaries to spread the Gospel. The missionaries will be trained through the ETC program to be evangelizers, with the goal of keeping people in the area while creating a safe atmosphere. These missionaries will be sharing the news of Christ through their works, sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, and educating and protecting the most vulnerable and the forgotten.

Already Bishop Navarro has had great interest in the Gospel of Peace. More than 100 people showed up at a Eucharistic Adoration event to pray for their city, and to learn more about being evangelizers to the people of Michoacán.

 

Evangelizers at Home

In the San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church over 100 lay people came to learn how to be evangelizers in their homes, communities, and even their churches. 

“People came from all over. The people are so thirsty for God’s word and for an alternative to the suffering and hopelessness of the streets. They were not afraid. We are changing hearts and minds.”  
– Father Sergio, leader of the Gospel of Peace Movement at San Francisco de Asis Parish

Gospel of Peace - Mexico

The torch in Michoacán has been lit, but it is not enough. The Gospel of Peace must reach other parishes. Other parishes, priests and bishops have seen how contagious the Gospel of Peace movement is and they want to bring it to their parishes, diocese, and communities. There are 300 volunteers ready to be trained to be evangelizers in their communities. They are without tools though, and need guidance and strength when faced with oppression.

“Our 100 original participants have already gone out to their respective parishes, to change the hearts and minds of over 1,200 others. I am convinced now this is a fight we can win.” – Father Sergio

Gospel of Peace - Mexico Gospel of Peace - Mexico Gospel of Peace - Mexico

Our Visit to Michoacán

In May 2015, Executive Director of Catholic World Mission, Deacon Rick Medina, and Operations Manager Stephanie Lange visited Michoacán, Mexico to see the need themselves. They found the situation much worse than expected, but could see that the Gospel of Peace program was making a positive, lasting impression in the hearts of so many broken people. There was still so much need, but the people inspired us to keep standing against the violence and pursecution in Mexico. 

On the trip we learned the need at San Francisco de Asis convent for mattresses for the evangelizers, who stayed on urine-caked ones every month for the Gospel of Peace program. We were able to assist their need thanks to a generous donor. We were also able to begin expanding the mission to reach more people in remote areas who need the Gospel alive in their hearts and communities.

Hear the lay evangelizers give their thanks for your support below.

Deacon Rick & Fr. Sergio at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church in Tarecuato, Mexico San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church in Tarecuato, MexicoDeacon Rick meeting with the people in the Gospel of Peace program at San Francisco de Asis in Tarecuato, Mexico Deacon Rick with Fr. Sergio & participants of the Gospel of Peace program at San Francisco de Asis in Tarecuato, Mexico 

Read the full campaign here.  

The Bishops have called, and shared that the Gospel of Peace has been a success in Michoacán and three more communities are ready to pick it up! They are in desperate need of hope. Not everyone wants to join drug cartels, but they need affirmation that there is a better way. Gangs are responsible for kidnapping Catholic priests, and many young people who stood up to them.

Your donation today will go to support six evangelizers and the materials to train more than 300 people to bring the Gospel of Peace to their communities.

Give Now

 

The Gospel of Peace Initiative in Michoacán, Mexico

Bishop Navarro Gospel of Peace - MexicoThe people of Michoacán are fleeing to the United States border to escape persecution and drug violence, and find safety. Bishop Javier Navarro does not want to stand idly by while his city comes to ruin. 

 “The people of Michoacán, Mexico constantly live in fear. Michoacán suffers from the highest rate of homicide and kidnapping in all of Mexico. The children are bought and sold by traffickers while mothers are kidnapped and abused. Leaving the house at night means risking your life. Gangs and drug cartels doing the devil’s work are gaining power.” 

– Bishop Javier Navarro

But the route to flee is just as dangerous as staying home for our brothers and sisters in Christ. 

The Gospel of Peace is an initiative to combat the violence that plagues the world starting with those in Michoacán, Mexico.

Read Bishop Navarro's plea to Catholic World Mission to gain support for evangelization in one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico here.

“We have heroic priests and nuns fighting for our people, but it is not enough. We need more help, more foot soldiers for Christ. I have a plan, but I need your help at Catholic World Mission. Please.” 
- Bishop Navarro

 Sharing the Gospel of Peace - Mexico Carlos Teaching Catechisis Gospel of Peace - Mexico Children benefiting from missionaries Gospel of Peace - Mexico

Listening to the Gospel of Peace - Mexico Question and Answer Board - Gospel of Peace - Mexico Eucharistic Celebration - Gospel of Peace - Mexico

Bishop Navarro has met with the people of Michoacán who do not want their city to remain under the rule of the gangs and drug cartels. His plan is to promote the Gospel of Peace bringing peace and hope to men, women and children all across Mexico.

"The children here are especially at risk. In record numbers, they fall away from our Catholic faith while lured into life on the streets – joining gangs, peddling drugs and committing other harmful and unlawful acts." - Bishop Navarro

For the Gospel of Peace to prevail Bishop Navarro urgently needs funds for the formation of missionaries to spread the Gospel. The missionaries will be trained through the ETC program to be evangelizers, with the goal of keeping people in the area while creating a safe atmosphere. These missionaries will be sharing the news of Christ through their works, sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, and educating and protecting the most vulnerable and the forgotten.

Already Bishop Navarro has had great interest in the Gospel of Peace. More than 100 people showed up at a Eucharistic Adoration event to pray for their city, and to learn more about being evangelizers to the people of Michoacán.

 

Evangelizers at Home

In the San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church over 100 lay people came to learn how to be evangelizers in their homes, communities, and even their churches. 

“People came from all over. The people are so thirsty for God’s word and for an alternative to the suffering and hopelessness of the streets. They were not afraid. We are changing hearts and minds.”  
– Father Sergio, leader of the Gospel of Peace Movement at San Francisco de Asis Parish

Gospel of Peace - Mexico

The torch in Michoacán has been lit, but it is not enough. The Gospel of Peace must reach other parishes. Other parishes, priests and bishops have seen how contagious the Gospel of Peace movement is and they want to bring it to their parishes, diocese, and communities. There are 300 volunteers ready to be trained to be evangelizers in their communities. They are without tools though, and need guidance and strength when faced with oppression.

“Our 100 original participants have already gone out to their respective parishes, to change the hearts and minds of over 1,200 others. I am convinced now this is a fight we can win.” – Father Sergio

Gospel of Peace - Mexico Gospel of Peace - Mexico Gospel of Peace - Mexico

Our Visit to Michoacán

In May 2015, Executive Director of Catholic World Mission, Deacon Rick Medina, and Operations Manager Stephanie Lange visited Michoacán, Mexico to see the need themselves. They found the situation much worse than expected, but could see that the Gospel of Peace program was making a positive, lasting impression in the hearts of so many broken people. There was still so much need, but the people inspired us to keep standing against the violence and pursecution in Mexico. 

On the trip we learned the need at San Francisco de Asis convent for mattresses for the evangelizers, who stayed on urine-caked ones every month for the Gospel of Peace program. We were able to assist their need thanks to a generous donor. We were also able to begin expanding the mission to reach more people in remote areas who need the Gospel alive in their hearts and communities.

Hear the lay evangelizers give their thanks for your support below.

Deacon Rick & Fr. Sergio at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church in Tarecuato, Mexico San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church in Tarecuato, MexicoDeacon Rick meeting with the people in the Gospel of Peace program at San Francisco de Asis in Tarecuato, Mexico Deacon Rick with Fr. Sergio & participants of the Gospel of Peace program at San Francisco de Asis in Tarecuato, Mexico 

Read the full campaign here.  

The Bishops have called, and shared that the Gospel of Peace has been a success in Michoacán and three more communities are ready to pick it up! They are in desperate need of hope. Not everyone wants to join drug cartels, but they need affirmation that there is a better way. Gangs are responsible for kidnapping Catholic priests, and many young people who stood up to them.

Your donation today will go to support six evangelizers and the materials to train more than 300 people to bring the Gospel of Peace to their communities.

Give Now

 

Building up the body of Christ: Corpus Christi Parish in Playa del Carmen

Fr. James Hogan, LC, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Fr. James Hogan, LC has served in Playa del Carmen in Quintana Roo, Mexico (Yucatan Peninsula) for 14 years. The current population of Playa del Carmen is about 280,000, not including tourists. 64% of the population is Catholic, meaning there are about 180,000 people who need a place to worship. 

Fr. James is the pastor of Corpus Christi parish. His work there is completely pastoral. He attends to the needs of families, young people, and the sick. The parish community of Corpus Christi grew into existence about nine years ago. 

There are two main groups of people Fr. James ministers to: local residents who work long hours at resorts, and the tourists who visit. Because of the long shifts and long commutes to and from work, most of the parishioners who work in the resorts spend a lot of time away from their families and are unable to attend daily, or even weekly, Mass. As Fr. James pondered this problem, he was inspired to build five perpetual adoration chapels where parishioners could  spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist and grow their relationship with him as their schedules permitted. 

These chapels have been tremendously fruitful. Fr. James tells us, "[The fruits] are unbelievable! People are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Before they started coming to Adoration, they saw Jesus just as a picture or a statue, someone remote and far away and unfeeling. But as they spend more time with him in the chapels, they learn to see him as 'my friend;' they discover he is a person who loves me."

There is an enormous need for churches, schools, classrooms, a family center, soup kitchens, etc. Fr. James is steadfastly ministering to the needs of his flock. He tells us, "We cannot attend people's needs without a church."

"We cannot attend people's needs without a church." - Fr. James Hogan, LC

See photos of each of the five adoration chapels established by Fr. James below:

1 of 5 adoration chapels Fr. James built in Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Corpus Christi Adoration Chapel
2 of 5 adoration chapels Fr. James built in Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Divina Misericordia Adoration Chapel
3 of 5 adoration chapels Fr. James built in Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Sagrada Familia Adoration Chapel
4 of 5 adoration chapels Fr. James built in Playa del Carmen, Mexico - San Jose Obrero Adoration Chapel
5 of 5 adoration chapels Fr. James built in Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Santa Teresita  Adoration Chapel

Finish church for local workers and tourists!

Corpus Christi construction is well underway. It is already 45% of the way done, and the roof is half finished as well. Fr. James and his parishioners need your help to finish their new parish home.

Take a look at the pictures below to see the progress made so far, and at the virtual renditions of what the church will look like when it is completed!

As the local people have come to know Jesus and fall more deeply in love with him, they have been inspired to help build Corpus Christi parish, both figuratively and literally. Corpus Christi parish will serve as the spiritual hub for thousands of resort employees and tourists from around the world in Playa del Carmen. It is already the place where people from all walks of life and countries of origin will get to encounter the living Jesus in a real, life-changing way. 

The witness of Playa del Carmen's residents makes a huge impact on visiting tourists. Their example of simple faith, hospitality, and generosity has impacted many visitors to deepen their own Catholic faith, and makes them realize that they, too, need a friendship with Christ. Your help is needed to finally make the plans for Corpus Christi a reality.

Click through the images below to see photos of construction progress, and virtual models of how Corpus Christi will look when it's finished!

Playa del Carmen, Mexico - construction on the dome of Corpus Christi parish
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - construction on the dome of Corpus Christi parish; scaffolding is visible here
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - construction on Corpus Christi parish
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - construction on Corpus Christi parish while architects meet
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - construction on Corpus Christi parish--even children help!
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - construction continues on Corpus Christi parish
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Corpus Christi parish is surrounded by beautiful nature!
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - view of Corpus Christi parish from a nearby hillside
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Fr. James blessing the construction thus far
Virtual model of the exterior of Corpus Christi in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Virtual model of interior of Corpus Christi in Playa del Carmen. Here you can see the altar and crucifix.
Virtual model of interior of Corpus Christi in Playa del Carmen. Here you can see the rear of the church and the balcony.
Virtual model of interior of Corpus Christi in Playa del Carmen. Another view of the altar and ambo.
Virtual model of interior of Corpus Christi in Playa del Carmen. Visible here is the view of the altar from the balcony, as well as the inside of the dome.

This is a new project, so no updates yet. Check back soon for more information!

Virtual Rendition of Exterior of Church Christmas Mass at partially constructed Corpus Christi parish in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. You can see the beautiful sunrise in the background!

Give now to build a spiritual home for thousands of people

Click here to help fund the building of a new church for Corpus Christi in Playa del Carmen, Mexico!

 

The people of Playa del Carmen have done a lot to fund the building of their church including countless fundraising events: bazaars, dinners, breakfasts, and special collections. With your gift today, you will not only evangelize internationally, but you will also help empower the people of Playa del Carmen, who are already working hard to build their church!

The residents of Playa del Carmen have raised nearly a third of the funds needed to build the church! They need your help to raise the remaining $632,000. They have shown us that with consistent effort, and a lot of faith, that when we all work together we can do great things. Here are some tangible ways you can help finish Corpus Christi parish:

  • $10 provides one 50 kg bag of cement
  • $50 buys 25 bricks, which are about $.50 a piece
  • $162 pays for one cubic meter of concrete
  • $200 pays one week's wages for one construction worker

 

The people's faith is so inspiring - they are dedicated to coming to mass even when it's at night and outside!  Masses continue in partially constructed Corpus Christi, Playa del Carmen church

Fr. James Hogan, LC, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Fr. James Hogan, LC has served in Playa del Carmen in Quintana Roo, Mexico (Yucatan Peninsula) for 14 years. The current population of Playa del Carmen is about 280,000, not including tourists. 64% of the population is Catholic, meaning there are about 180,000 people who need a place to worship. 

Fr. James is the pastor of Corpus Christi parish. His work there is completely pastoral. He attends to the needs of families, young people, and the sick. The parish community of Corpus Christi grew into existence about nine years ago. 

There are two main groups of people Fr. James ministers to: local residents who work long hours at resorts, and the tourists who visit. Because of the long shifts and long commutes to and from work, most of the parishioners who work in the resorts spend a lot of time away from their families and are unable to attend daily, or even weekly, Mass. As Fr. James pondered this problem, he was inspired to build five perpetual adoration chapels where parishioners could  spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist and grow their relationship with him as their schedules permitted. 

These chapels have been tremendously fruitful. Fr. James tells us, "[The fruits] are unbelievable! People are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Before they started coming to Adoration, they saw Jesus just as a picture or a statue, someone remote and far away and unfeeling. But as they spend more time with him in the chapels, they learn to see him as 'my friend;' they discover he is a person who loves me."

There is an enormous need for churches, schools, classrooms, a family center, soup kitchens, etc. Fr. James is steadfastly ministering to the needs of his flock. He tells us, "We cannot attend people's needs without a church."

"We cannot attend people's needs without a church." - Fr. James Hogan, LC

See photos of each of the five adoration chapels established by Fr. James below:

1 of 5 adoration chapels Fr. James built in Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Corpus Christi Adoration Chapel
2 of 5 adoration chapels Fr. James built in Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Divina Misericordia Adoration Chapel
3 of 5 adoration chapels Fr. James built in Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Sagrada Familia Adoration Chapel
4 of 5 adoration chapels Fr. James built in Playa del Carmen, Mexico - San Jose Obrero Adoration Chapel
5 of 5 adoration chapels Fr. James built in Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Santa Teresita  Adoration Chapel

Finish church for local workers and tourists!

Corpus Christi construction is well underway. It is already 45% of the way done, and the roof is half finished as well. Fr. James and his parishioners need your help to finish their new parish home.

Take a look at the pictures below to see the progress made so far, and at the virtual renditions of what the church will look like when it is completed!

As the local people have come to know Jesus and fall more deeply in love with him, they have been inspired to help build Corpus Christi parish, both figuratively and literally. Corpus Christi parish will serve as the spiritual hub for thousands of resort employees and tourists from around the world in Playa del Carmen. It is already the place where people from all walks of life and countries of origin will get to encounter the living Jesus in a real, life-changing way. 

The witness of Playa del Carmen's residents makes a huge impact on visiting tourists. Their example of simple faith, hospitality, and generosity has impacted many visitors to deepen their own Catholic faith, and makes them realize that they, too, need a friendship with Christ. Your help is needed to finally make the plans for Corpus Christi a reality.

Click through the images below to see photos of construction progress, and virtual models of how Corpus Christi will look when it's finished!

Playa del Carmen, Mexico - construction on the dome of Corpus Christi parish
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - construction on the dome of Corpus Christi parish; scaffolding is visible here
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - construction on Corpus Christi parish
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - construction on Corpus Christi parish while architects meet
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - construction on Corpus Christi parish--even children help!
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - construction continues on Corpus Christi parish
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Corpus Christi parish is surrounded by beautiful nature!
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - view of Corpus Christi parish from a nearby hillside
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Fr. James blessing the construction thus far
Virtual model of the exterior of Corpus Christi in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Virtual model of interior of Corpus Christi in Playa del Carmen. Here you can see the altar and crucifix.
Virtual model of interior of Corpus Christi in Playa del Carmen. Here you can see the rear of the church and the balcony.
Virtual model of interior of Corpus Christi in Playa del Carmen. Another view of the altar and ambo.
Virtual model of interior of Corpus Christi in Playa del Carmen. Visible here is the view of the altar from the balcony, as well as the inside of the dome.

This is a new project, so no updates yet. Check back soon for more information!

Virtual Rendition of Exterior of Church Christmas Mass at partially constructed Corpus Christi parish in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. You can see the beautiful sunrise in the background!

Give now to build a spiritual home for thousands of people

Click here to help fund the building of a new church for Corpus Christi in Playa del Carmen, Mexico!

 

The people of Playa del Carmen have done a lot to fund the building of their church including countless fundraising events: bazaars, dinners, breakfasts, and special collections. With your gift today, you will not only evangelize internationally, but you will also help empower the people of Playa del Carmen, who are already working hard to build their church!

The residents of Playa del Carmen have raised nearly a third of the funds needed to build the church! They need your help to raise the remaining $632,000. They have shown us that with consistent effort, and a lot of faith, that when we all work together we can do great things. Here are some tangible ways you can help finish Corpus Christi parish:

  • $10 provides one 50 kg bag of cement
  • $50 buys 25 bricks, which are about $.50 a piece
  • $162 pays for one cubic meter of concrete
  • $200 pays one week's wages for one construction worker

 

The people's faith is so inspiring - they are dedicated to coming to mass even when it's at night and outside!  Masses continue in partially constructed Corpus Christi, Playa del Carmen church

Mayan Chapel

Mayan Chapel

Mayan Chapel - MexicoFr. Bernard Quinn, LC, first brought this project to us. Originally, Fr. Quinn asked us to rebuild a church in Playa de Carmen, Mexico, after it was damaged in Hurricane Wilma several years ago. What started as a restoration project for the church has expanded from disaster relief to evangelization, and education projects. 

Renovation Mayan Chapel - MexicoRestoration

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church suffered greatly when Hurricane Wilma came through. The stained glass windows were completely destroyed, and the floor and ceiling were damaged. Fr. Bernard Quinn, LC, knows the parish is important to the locals. It gives them hope and offers a place to gather strength. He worked hard to make sure that his parishioners will have a functioning church again.

Thanks to your generosity, the parish has gone through quite a few renovations recently. Donations helped repair the windows, ceiling and floors. The parish is home to 20,000 people.

Education

School next to OLG Mayan Chapel - MexicoA small school is located next to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

There, Fr. Quinn is always making improvements. The school next to the church serves elementary children during the day and high school students at night. Fr. Quinn actively participates in the children's education. He wants them to be able to escape the extreme poverty they live in and not fall prey to drinking and drugs. Fr. Quinn teaches classes and advocates for providing the children with the resources they need to succeed in the classroom. His latest request helped build science and technology classrooms.

Evangelization

Fr. Quinn with the Adams family - MexicoThe people of Our Lady of Guadalupe live in deep poverty. This leads them to become addicted to drugs and alcohol when they feel hopeless. Unfortunately, it can begin at a very young age for some residents. Fr. Quinn is fighting to combat this trend.

The current goal is to build a new chapel on the other side of the highway for the other side of town to attend Mass. Many of the locals are Catholic but rely on walking to get anywhere, and very few people in the town have cars. The new chapel will allow those people on the other side of town to attend Mass without walking all day to get to Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is exactly the kind of thing that brings people hope and meaning to their lives.

Our Lady of Grace "Mayan Chapel" - Mexico Children sTudying at school - Mexico Fr. Bernard and Fr. Anthony - Mexico

Our Lady of Grace Renovations "Mayan Chapel" - Mexico

Recently...

The second church in Playa del Carmen (still to be named) is under way! The building is progressing nicely. Click through the carousel below to see photos of the construction. You can also see a photo of the outdoor pavilion where Fr. Quinn celebrates Mass until the new church is finished. Please keep this project, Fr. Quinn, and the residents of Playa del Carmen in your prayers.

Church construction in Playa del Carmen
Church construction in Playa del Carmen
Church construction in Playa del Carmen
Fr. Bernard celebrates Mass in an outdoor pavilion until the church is finished.
Fr. Bernard celebrates Mass in an outdoor pavilion until the church is finished.
Fr. Bernard celebrates Mass in an outdoor pavilion until the church is finished.
Fr. Bernard Quinn pictured in front of the future church.
Interior of new church building

Mayan Chapel

Mayan Chapel - MexicoFr. Bernard Quinn, LC, first brought this project to us. Originally, Fr. Quinn asked us to rebuild a church in Playa de Carmen, Mexico, after it was damaged in Hurricane Wilma several years ago. What started as a restoration project for the church has expanded from disaster relief to evangelization, and education projects. 

Renovation Mayan Chapel - MexicoRestoration

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church suffered greatly when Hurricane Wilma came through. The stained glass windows were completely destroyed, and the floor and ceiling were damaged. Fr. Bernard Quinn, LC, knows the parish is important to the locals. It gives them hope and offers a place to gather strength. He worked hard to make sure that his parishioners will have a functioning church again.

Thanks to your generosity, the parish has gone through quite a few renovations recently. Donations helped repair the windows, ceiling and floors. The parish is home to 20,000 people.

Education

School next to OLG Mayan Chapel - MexicoA small school is located next to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

There, Fr. Quinn is always making improvements. The school next to the church serves elementary children during the day and high school students at night. Fr. Quinn actively participates in the children's education. He wants them to be able to escape the extreme poverty they live in and not fall prey to drinking and drugs. Fr. Quinn teaches classes and advocates for providing the children with the resources they need to succeed in the classroom. His latest request helped build science and technology classrooms.

Evangelization

Fr. Quinn with the Adams family - MexicoThe people of Our Lady of Guadalupe live in deep poverty. This leads them to become addicted to drugs and alcohol when they feel hopeless. Unfortunately, it can begin at a very young age for some residents. Fr. Quinn is fighting to combat this trend.

The current goal is to build a new chapel on the other side of the highway for the other side of town to attend Mass. Many of the locals are Catholic but rely on walking to get anywhere, and very few people in the town have cars. The new chapel will allow those people on the other side of town to attend Mass without walking all day to get to Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is exactly the kind of thing that brings people hope and meaning to their lives.

Our Lady of Grace "Mayan Chapel" - Mexico Children sTudying at school - Mexico Fr. Bernard and Fr. Anthony - Mexico

Our Lady of Grace Renovations "Mayan Chapel" - Mexico

Recently...

The second church in Playa del Carmen (still to be named) is under way! The building is progressing nicely. Click through the carousel below to see photos of the construction. You can also see a photo of the outdoor pavilion where Fr. Quinn celebrates Mass until the new church is finished. Please keep this project, Fr. Quinn, and the residents of Playa del Carmen in your prayers.

Church construction in Playa del Carmen
Church construction in Playa del Carmen
Church construction in Playa del Carmen
Fr. Bernard celebrates Mass in an outdoor pavilion until the church is finished.
Fr. Bernard celebrates Mass in an outdoor pavilion until the church is finished.
Fr. Bernard celebrates Mass in an outdoor pavilion until the church is finished.
Fr. Bernard Quinn pictured in front of the future church.
Interior of new church building

Medical Mission to Chiapas

Helping Hands Medical Missions teams up with fulltime missionaries to offer medical relief in Chiapas, Mexico.

Internist Dr. Ron Taylor tends to patients in ChiapasMedical Mission volunteers collaborated with fulltime lay missionaries, or Evangelizadores de Tiempo Completo (ETCs) on a trip this past July to offer aid to some of the poorest and most remote areas of Chiapas, Mexico. The effort was authorized by the Archbishop of Tuxtla Gutierrez and coordinated through the local parishes.

About 900 residents of Copainala, Coapilla and Ocotopec were treated by volunteer doctors, nurses and even an orthodontist. ETC and volunteer missionaries offered spiritual guidance and support for these people, many of whom are suffering due to poverty and lack of health care.

The residents were given checkups and physicals, as well as medicine and vitamins to help alleviate their most immediate and treatable ailments. Basic dental equipment was given to patients to take home. 

Some of the sick who were too ill to travel received home visits

Many of the volunteers were inspired by the residents’ tremendous attitudes and resolve despite being plagued with various incurable diseases and handicaps. Along with the medical personnel, Fr. Dominic Pham, LC was also on site to offer spiritual guidance and prayer.

Much was done during just a week’s time, but it still is only a drop in the bucket. More importantly, however, is the light shed on the harsh realities that plague these areas. The knowledge of these conditions and the great need will hopefully generate more awareness and support for these people going forward. A commitment has already been made for another mission next year.

See more photos below:

A child and his grandmother wait to be seen by doctors in Chiapas Some of the sick who were too ill to travel received home visits The medical team for Chiapas

Helping Hands Medical Missions teams up with fulltime missionaries to offer medical relief in Chiapas, Mexico.

Internist Dr. Ron Taylor tends to patients in ChiapasMedical Mission volunteers collaborated with fulltime lay missionaries, or Evangelizadores de Tiempo Completo (ETCs) on a trip this past July to offer aid to some of the poorest and most remote areas of Chiapas, Mexico. The effort was authorized by the Archbishop of Tuxtla Gutierrez and coordinated through the local parishes.

About 900 residents of Copainala, Coapilla and Ocotopec were treated by volunteer doctors, nurses and even an orthodontist. ETC and volunteer missionaries offered spiritual guidance and support for these people, many of whom are suffering due to poverty and lack of health care.

The residents were given checkups and physicals, as well as medicine and vitamins to help alleviate their most immediate and treatable ailments. Basic dental equipment was given to patients to take home. 

Some of the sick who were too ill to travel received home visits

Many of the volunteers were inspired by the residents’ tremendous attitudes and resolve despite being plagued with various incurable diseases and handicaps. Along with the medical personnel, Fr. Dominic Pham, LC was also on site to offer spiritual guidance and prayer.

Much was done during just a week’s time, but it still is only a drop in the bucket. More importantly, however, is the light shed on the harsh realities that plague these areas. The knowledge of these conditions and the great need will hopefully generate more awareness and support for these people going forward. A commitment has already been made for another mission next year.

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A child and his grandmother wait to be seen by doctors in Chiapas Some of the sick who were too ill to travel received home visits The medical team for Chiapas