(Update - February 2012)

To introduce Francisca, let me quote a letter from Sister Caty Vargas written in January of 1999. At that time Sister Cathy was the director of the girls orphanage in Puno, Peru, where the Mary Bloom Center is located.

"We received a baby named Francisca, whose mother died in childbirth. She has a high degree of malnourishment, but we are sure that God blesses us in finding persons like yourselves who help us, otherwise our work would be limited since without economic support very little can be done. Francisca was hospitalized in Juliaca for enterocolitis necrozante perinatal. When her mom died, they gave her cow's milk because they had no other option and this caused intestinal problems. She is in our home but we have to be very careful becuase she is a tiny baby, weighing only two and half kilos."

Baby Francisca with Vincentian Daughter of Charity, Sor Maria (February 1999)

Francisca survived and flourished. Following are some pictures taken during visits to Peru:

November 2001


Francisca with other Orphan Girls

August 2004
Francisca doing dance in traditional dress

Francisca at right

June 2005 Puno Orphanage after Mass of Saints Peter and Paul

Orphan girls wearing T-shirts donated by St. John Parish, Seattle

April 2006: Francisca & friend:

orphan girls (Francisca in blue outfit):

October 2008: Mass at Puno Orphanage

Rosary after Sunday Mass

Francisca is seated, first to left

October 2009 Farewell from girls at Puno orphanage, Oct 6

October 2010: Dody, Dayana, Francisca, Lourdes, Marely, Thania, Rossi

Eva, Lourdes, Gloria, Francisca, Monica & Marleny

January 2012: Orphan girls with Vanh Pham (Francisca is partially blocked by my great-niece, Sarah Lindenau)

Francisca making "horns"

working in the flower bed

Francisca, Vanh, Sarah

Outing to Floating Islands (December 31, 2011) - Francisca is second from left in back row

Mass at Orphanage Chapel (January 23, 2012) - Francisca standing, third from right


Report on Diego's Operation (for donors)

Overview of Work of Mary Bloom Center (pictorial report)

2011 Financial Report of Mary Bloom Center

Alejandro (boy with cerebral paralysis being helped by Mary Bloom Center)

Update on Diego

(Boy with Keratoconus helped Mary Bloom Center in Peru)


Pictures from 2012 Visit to Peru

2010 Visit




Earthquake Relief, 2007

Pictures from 2006 Visit to Peru



Encounter of Lay Leaders (August, 2003, Puno)

Pictures from Oct - Nov 2001 Visit (with Fr. Bill McKee and St. John Parishioners)

Pictures of Earthquake Relief (October 22, 2001; Saguaya)

Pictures from 2000 (by Georgina Rea)

November 1999 Fotos

Other Recent Fotos (Orphan Girls, etc.)

Pictures added January 2000

Picture of Baby Francisca

Letter from Georgina

Pictures from Visit of Frs. Narciso & Faustino (February 2001)

Pictures from June-August 1998 (by Denis Bruneau)

Mary Bloom Staff and Volunteers with Banner (May 1999)

1997 Visit

1995 Mary Bloom Center Pictures.

Mary Bloom Center Retreat for NFP Instructor


Medical Exam.

Pictures of Christmas at Mary Bloom Center

Construction of New Center

Inauguration of Center. (June 1998)

Article from American Newspaper about the Mary Bloom Center

Pictures of New Center

Tragic News (death of Cesar Palacios)

Bishop Carrion blessing MBC (Obispo Carrión, 26 de junio de 1998)

Centro Mary Bloom (Spanish website)

Pictures of Mary Bloom.
Mary Bloom in Peru.
November 1996

St. Mary of the Valley Album