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[Casa hogar] Villa Francisco Javier Nuño

[named in honor of Archbishop Francisco Javier Nuño y Guerrero] was an orphanage located in the City of Tepatitlán de Morelos, near Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. In 1980, Charles Theodore Murr, a Roman Catholic priest and an American, was sent from Rome to work in Mexico. When the number of abandoned children he had taken in reach 18, Murr brought in three Italian nuns to help him. Through the generosity of his family and his archbishop, "Padre Charlie" began to build a real home for his 140 children. Villa Francisco Javier Nuño was officially dedicated on September 15, 1985. Upon the assassination of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas [Guadalajar; 1993], Cardinal John O'Connor called Murr to New York. While the American priest's orphanage -- a home he created exclusively for abandoned and destitute children- has retained its name, no longer is it the charitable institution he founded. Today, [Casa Hogar] Villa Francisco Javier is operated as a for-profit boarding school.

1979-1983

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1984-1986

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1987-1992

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Father Charles Murr with his children in Casa Hogar Francisco Javier Nuño, circa 1992

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1979-1983

1979-1983

1984-1986

1984-1986

1987-1992

Photos of Fr. Charles Murr
1972-2005