Amigos de Jesús is a love story with many different parts. It started with a vision birthed from the heart of Sister Teresita, a Honduran nun working in the poorest communities seeing countless children on the street. Christine and Anthony Granese, a North American lay couple newly married at the time and Father Dennis O’Donnell, an Archdiocesan priest from Philadelphia, PA teamed up to make this vision a reality. Amigos de Jesús is a movement of the unique spirituality of Jesus in service to the children we serve, each other and the world. A 25-foot cross sits at the top of the hill near the home, visible for miles, symbolizing the motto of Amigos de Jesús: Follow the Cross and you will find Hope.
1994: Anthony Granese built the Home for children, Finca del Nino, in Honduras and was joined by his future wife, Christine.
1996: Father Dennis O’Donnell met Sister Teresita on a visit to Finca del Nino and is told of a great need of a Home for children in the Santa Barbara area of Honduras.
1997: In May, Christine and Anthony, on their honeymoon in Honduras, met with Sister Teresita and along with Father Dennis O’Donnell decided to build a Home for boys to complement Sister Teresita’s Home for girls. Construction began in September. Children immediately begin to walk into their new home, living in makeshift housing.
1998: Land is farmed with corn and beans which are used to feed neighboring villages after the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch.
1999: The first residence for children and administration/residence buildings are completed and filled immediately with children.
2000: Cows, horses, goats, pigs and other animals become part of the community.
2001: A 25-foot cross is completed at the top of the hill, visible for miles, symbolizing the motto of Amigos de Jesús – “Follow the Cross and you will find Hope”.
2002: Welding and carpentry shops are equipped with machinery.
2005: The chapel and volunteer center are completed.
2006: The bilingual school is built.
2008: The computer lab is built and the library receives a donation of books.
2010: Construction begins on new residences for an additional 120 children.
2011: 13 new children arrive.
2012: Four new residences open and Amigos de Jesús welcomes its first girls. 17 new children arrive.
2013: 37 new children arrive.
2014: 21 new children arrive.