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Mark and Louise Zwick

Christmas Letter 2016

Mark Zwick 
December 22, 1927 - November 18, 2016

Dear Friends of Casa Juan Diego, Casa Juan Diego exists because Christmas exists. Without people who celebrate Christmas each year – and some each month – Casa Juan Diego would be incapable of so many Works of Mercy. Works of Mercy Our biggest works of mercy remain hospitality and care for the sick and injured…. continue reading

Urgent Needs

At Casa Juan Diego we are in immediate need of new hooded sweatshirts for men to give as Christmas presents.

Mark Zwick, Founder of Casa Juan Diego, is On Hospice

Mark Zwick with a guest of Casa Juan Diego

Update: November 18, 2016 Mark passed away this morning peacefully at home. Information about his life and the funeral services will be available in a  separate post. Update: November 12, 2016 Mark continues to rest at his home, but is in decline. We will be updating this page with information on services. Update: November 2, 2016… continue reading

Sick and Injured Immigrants Share Their Stories

Immigrant Praying
by Angel Valdez

Visiting With the Sick and Injured When people come to Casa Juan Diego for help, we hear many tragic stories, but see the beauty of families helping each other. When the sick or injured come for help, if there is family, or if they are able to live alone, we help them directly. We address the… continue reading

Called to Be Saints: John Hugo, the Catholic Worker, and a Theology of Radical Christianity


Benjamin T. Peters. Called to Be Saints: John Hugo, the Catholic Worker, and a Theology of Radical Christianity. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2016, 586 p. Reviewed by Mark and Louise Zwick In this landmark study of Fr. John Hugo and the retreat that had a profound influence on Dorothy Day, Benjamin Peters argues that Hugo’s… continue reading

New Pastoral Letter From San Salvador: I See Violence and Strife In the City

El Salvador is again overwhelmed with violence. At Casa Juan Diego we are very aware of the critical situation for Salvadorans because of the refugees who come to our doors and tell us their stories. In response to a crisis situation in which the death toll from homicides is one of the highest in the… continue reading

Why Are We Deporting Thousands Of Children Alone?

by Angel Valdez

We wrote in the last issue about the Central American children who come to the United States alone and the mothers with children who are escaping imminent death in their countries but are the first to be deported when they arrive. Now the news is even worse. The Department of Security is sending deportation officers… continue reading

Rutilio Grande, SJ: Homilies and Writings


Book Review: Rutilio Grande, SJ: Homilies and Writings. Edited, Translated, and Annotated by Thomas M. Kelly. College-ville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2015. Reviewed by Mark and Louise Zwick On February 13, 1977, Mark stood next to Rutilio Grande, the priest who would soon be assassinated, as he waited in the procession to begin Mass. It was… continue reading

The Poor Are the Wealth Of the Church

St. Lawrence, Pray for Us
        by Ade Bethune

One of the most interesting stories of martyrdom in the early Church is that of St. Lawrence. Lawrence was a deacon in Rome in the year 258.  Pope Sixtus ll put him in charge of the treasury of the Church. Lawrence suspected that the Roman emperor would be looking for anything of value in the… continue reading


The Cubans who were stuck in refugee camps in Costa Rica are arriving in the United States. Many are coming to Houston and they come to Casa Juan Diego to seek shelter. We need help to care for so many people arriving.  We especially need help at our house for women and children. We need… continue reading