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Casa Hogar Mexiquito Rescues the Image of its Founder

Portrait of Father Mojica, from the mural by Edgardo Kerlegand

By Jesús Ibarra

Casa Hogar Mexiquito, a home for boys, was founded in 1967 by Father Fray José de Guadalupe Mojica, formerly a Mexican actor and singer, who quit show business to enter the religious life. Father Mojica started coming to San Miguel in the 1930s when he was still a star, and he bought for his mother what is now Villa Santa Mónica, across from Parque Juárez. He began inviting famous people and international film stars. Thanks to him, people started coming to San Miguel, then a wonderful small town. Therefore, he is considered one of the first promoters of tourism in San Miguel. Many people who lived in San Miguel in the 1960s still remember Father Mojica; he was then a popular and beloved figure in town.

Fundraising Concert and Art Show
To benefit Casa Hogar Mexiquito
Tenors: Roberto Ramírez and Xavier Hernández
Pianist: Mauro Ledesma
Sat, Mar 19, 6:30pm
Casa Hogar Mexquito
Salida a Dolores, across from the entrance to San Luis Rey
Tickets: Pre-sale 200 pesos
Café Lavanda, Hernández Macías 87
La Tienda de La Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25
At the entrance the day of the event: 250 pesos

In order to rescue the image of Father Mojica and give tribute to him as a benefactor of San Miguel, Casa Hogar Mexiquito and the University of León are working on a project that will benefit both Casa Hogar and the community. The project includes a museum and a book about Father Mojica and facilities for giving psychological assistance to the boys in Mexiquito. The income from both the museum and the book will go for the benefit of Casa Hogar.

The museum, which will be located in the small house where Father Mojica lived in Mexiquito, includes several murals by renowned local artist Edgardo Kerlegand. They depict several topics related to the friar and Casa Hogar, such as the Franciscan Order, the boys, and heaven.

Mexiquito and the University of León are preparing a concert in order to finance the project, during which the murals by Kerlegand will be presented to the public. It will be sung by local tenors Roberto Ramírez and Xavier Hernández, accompanied by pianist Mauro Ledesma. They will perform songs from Father Mojica’s repertoire during his years as a tenor. Save the date for Saturday, March 19, 6:30pm, at the Mexiquito chapel.


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