For the past 50 years, the orphanage has helped thousands of young boys. With the aid of donors and the future expansion of its campus facilities, Nazareth Orphanage is now moving towards permanently helping young girls.Discover our history
In 1967, Father Henry, a U.S. priest from The Passionists religious men's community, established the Nazareth Orphanage to care for boys of migrant workers. He, in turn, sought out the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of the Poor to assist him. The motherhouse/headquarters of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of the Poor is located in Morelia, Mexico. The Sisters have continued to keep the doors of the orphanage open for approximately 50 boys for the past fifty years.
Upon Father Henry's death, all the land both inside and outside the wall compound of the orphanage was deeded to the Catholic Archdiocese of Tijuana, Mexico. The Archdiocese continued to allow the Sisters to operate the orphanage as well as offer quarterly retreats in support of the Archdiocesan ministries. In 2010, the Archdiocese of Tijuana deeded the land inside the wall compound called Nazareth Orphanage to the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of the Poor. (There is still much more land outside the walls of the orphanage, but they remain with the Archdiocese of Tijuana.) On April 16, 2013, the Mexican deed documents were certified with the Mexican government in Mexico City.
Twenty-four years ago, when Father Brian F. Kelly was a U.S. Navy Chaplain serving U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton, California, he first visited Nazareth Orphanage. The purpose of that visit was to offer the time, treasure, and talent of Sailors and Marines to those families in need across the U.S.-Mexico border. Those initial volunteer efforts are now continued through Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage, led by its President and Spiritual Moderator, Father Kelly.
Since that initial visit twenty-four years ago, volunteers have been assisting Nazareth Orphanage through fundraising and work projects that improve the campus infrastructure. In 2014, OFNO was established as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, so that it could raise funds to benefit Nazareth Orphanage and the children it serves.
For the past 50 years, the orphanage has helped thousands of young boys. With the aid of donors and the future expansion of its campus facilities, Nazareth Orphanage is now moving to help young girls through our Girls Everywhere Matter capital campaign.