The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady of Peace in the Archdiocese of Tijuana, B.C. Mexico, saw the need for a hospital for the mentally ill in the City of Tijuana. They developed a project named City of Mercy/Ciudad de Misericordia.

The facility was built as an extension of Casa de los Pobres to provide health care to the needy. Our desire is to give a warm welcome to countless underprivileged and destitute people from our human family, following Matthew’s Gospel 10:7-8:

“As you go, make this proclamation: The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons.”


May 1982

The project begins with the blessing of our Foundress, Mother Catherine of Jesus Rodriguez, his excellency, Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo, bishop of Tijuana, and His holiness, Pope John Paul II.

May 1987

Blessing of the Cornerstone

July 1988

The St. Ignatius of Loyola Psychiatric Building Unit was started by architects, Rafael Garcia, S.J. and Dan Young, and Sister Maggie Yee, Servant of Christ.

October 3, 1998, Year of the Holy Spirit

Inauguration of the San Ignacio Mental Health Hospital.

This project has been—and will continue to be—made possible through the donation of both financial and professional services. God will provide, we are sure. As St. Francis said, “God will provide in this century, food for the body and virtues for the soul.”

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