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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

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

 

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 

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

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

 

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 

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 dirt poverty. This leads them to become addicted to drugs and alcohol when they feel hopeless.Unfortunately, it begins at very young ages, 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

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 dirt poverty. This leads them to become addicted to drugs and alcohol when they feel hopeless.Unfortunately, it begins at very young ages, 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