St. James in his epistle says: “What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: Coming to the help of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.” Let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us see Christ in the needs of the orphans. Like the Christ child searching for a home in our hearts, these orphans come in search of a home for their physical and spiritual needs.
In 1998, a very special and holy man, the Bishop of Leon, Cesar Bosco Vivas Robelo founded an orphanage called Casa Jacinta y Francisco in Leon, Nicaragua to help the large numbers of children in that area orphaned during the Sandinista revolution and Hurricane Mitch or who were from broken and impoverished families. Before the opening of the orphanage, most of the children either lived on the streets or were sent to the streets by a parent to beg for the day. With the guidance of the bishop, it has become, not only a home for their physical needs, but also for their spiritual needs... The site of the orphanage had been a home, but the home was used as a prison during the Sandinista Revolution in 1978. These prison walls contained images of Nicaraguan farmers with machetes and machine guns killing others and the military and the words written “History is written with blood.”
IN 1998, when Hurricane Mitch devastated Nicaragua, in gratitude for her own life, Diana Thirion felt the call to raise money to assist the children in Nicaragua. Diana went door-to-door asking for assistance for her native country. On a visit to Nicaragua, and bringing the proceeds of her efforts, Diana met Bishop Robelo, visited the Leon orphanage, Casa Jacinta y Francisco. Surrounded by the children at the orphanage, Diana felt that she had found the place God called her to serve and gave the Bishop the proceeds. At that time, Diana started a personal quest to raise funds to renovate the home, which housed more than 150 children, and since that moment in time, Diana, dauntlessly and consistently, has been raising money, obtaining provisions and providing an awareness of the needs that these misfortunate children have.