The Franciscans are passionate about life with God and all our sisters and brothers.
The phrase “All Are Welcome” is at the core of Franciscan hospitality.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that all people are loved unconditionally by God, and because of that – all are welcomed by the Friars. We don’t believe in living in the past, only serving all those who cross our lives in the present, and we look forward to the challenges of the future. Joy is part of our Franciscan charism, laughter is part of our everyday life, and being “down to earth” is what comes from being part of a fraternity, a community.
HOW WE MINISTER
We live and work in the communities we are supporting. This allows us to see the needs of residents in a more intimate way—and craft more creative, more effective solutions. If we see a woman foregoing food to feed her pet, for instance, we’ll stock pet food in our food pantry. We minister with our lives, together with the people, partners in ministry. And as we minister, we are aware that we do it more by our actions than by our words.
As Friars, we bring people together by giving them access to nutritious meals and a healthy side of human dignity. In our soup kitchens, we serve our guests like they are patrons in a restaurant. In our food centers, clients find services that are more typical of a grocery store. Each year, our Franciscan ministry sites serve over 800,000 meals to our guests with compassion and respect.
Friars provide a variety of support services to the poor and isposseded. Medical attention, counseling and guidance are given to those most in need. Our rent and utilities assistance programs provide short-term support to people who cannot make ends meet.
For people without homes, Friars provide more than a pillow to rest on. Our shelters and permanent residences treat people as family members, offering showers, fresh haircuts, clothing and medication management. Friars often care for the mentally disabled and dependent who have suffered years of personal and institutional neglect. Our drop-in centers are home-like environments that greet people with warm meals and open hearts.