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Book Presentation for Mexiquito’s 50th Anniversary

The author and his family

Madre Teófila

Fidelio Herrera, Edgardo Kerlegand, Teófila Jaimes, Jesús Ibarra and Gema Márquez

El libro José Mojica Dulce Renunciación

During the book signing

By Jade Arroyo

We attended the first event for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Casa Hogar Mexiquito, the presentation of the book Dulce Renuncia (Sweet Renunciation), by Jesús Ibarra, author and professor living in the city for many years. Dulce Renunciación is a biography of José Guadalupe Mojica, founder of this boys’ home and formerly a renowned actor and Mexican tenor in the 1930s, before he decided to retire from his artistic career to become a priest. Today he is an icon at a national and international level for his care for children who have been abused, living in the street, enduring family violence, and suffering abandonment.

The book is the result of two years of research and writing; “begun as a project of the psychology students of the University of León, where I am a teacher. I was summoned to write the book, and I am truly motivated by a life that has undoubtedly sown a history in San Miguel, in every way,” he said.

It is for this reason that Madre Teófila Jaimes, director of Mexiquito invited the citizens to commemorate the life and work of the priest through the presentation of this book. The profits from the book’s sale will provide continued support for the 32 children currently living at the home.

The anniversary celebration also included other fundraising events, such as the presentation by singer Enrique de Allende, and a kermes.

 

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