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A Concert and a New Mural at Casa Hogar Mexiquito

By Jesús Ibarra

Fray José Mojica came to San Miguel de Allende and founded a house for orphan children in 1967, which is known today as Casa Hogar Mexiquito, and currently lodges 29 boys.

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: presale 200 pesos
Café Lavanda, Hernández Macías 87
La Tienda at La Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25
At the entrance on the day of the event: 250 pesos

In order to pay tribute to the figure of Father Mojica, a benefactor of the city, Casa Hogar Mexiquito and the Universidad 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, as well as facilities for giving psychological assistance to the boys in Mexiquito. The income from both the museum and the book will benefit Casa Hogar.

The museum includes a mural, which is being painted by local artist Edgardo Kerlegand, in the rooms where Father Mojica used to live at Mexiquito. Kerlegand explains, “The mural is a praise to life; the first room shows the faces of two children who met Father Mojica and represent, respectively, the animal kingdom and the plant kingdom; the third child, made of stone, symbolizes the mineral kingdom. In the second room the presence of children of all nations with Father Mojica accompany the red and ocher colors of the Chichimeca lands. The third room is under construction. The fourth room speaks of the Franciscan brotherhood (the order father Mojica belonged to), which also has the philosophy of love for plants, animals, and elements like the sun and the moon. The portrait of Father Mojica invites us to enter the last room—the prophet’s room—where the image of the Pantocrator and the Mother Earth, symbolized by the Virgin Mary, appear. During the tour through the room, there is an implicit cosmogony belonging to our Aztec ancestors.”

The mural will be shown to the public during the fundraising concert taking place on Saturday, March 29, at 6:30pm, at the chapel of Mexiquito. The concert 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, such as “Júrame,” “Granada,” and “Solamente una vez.” Between each song, an explanation will be given about the song, when Padre Mojica sang it, and why he did. There will be special participation by the boys of Mexiquito playing the violin. Wine and snacks will be served after the concert.


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