Outreach is named after Padre Luis Jayme, the first Christian martyr in
California. He was pastor of the Mission San Diego de Alcala when he was
killed during an Indian raid in November, 1775. According to eyewitnesses,
Padre Jayme greeted the aggressors with calm and love. He is buried at
the Mission San Diego de Alcala.
Father Joes Villages formally established the Padre Luis Jayme Mexico
Outreach in 1998, St. Vincent de Paul Village began providing aid to the
poor in Mexico in 1983. This effort has helped thousands of our neighbors
in need in Mexico
Padre Luis Jayme International Outreach
believes compassion doesn't stop at a border.
of the Villages first international aid efforts came in 1985,
when a catastrophic earthquake claimed 10,000 lives, left 50,000
injured and more than 100,000 homeless in Mexico City. Father Joe
Carroll, President of Father Joes Villages as well as Padre
Luis Jayme Mexico Outreach, found an innovative way to help
by operating a water factory that had been closed. With clean drinking
water in short supply after the earthquake, the reopened factory
distributed free bottles of water, helping to save lives and provide
50 jobs to the poor. The Outreach also purchased sewing machines
and established a co-op that provided jobs and inexpensive clothing
to the victims of the earthquake.