The mission of FrancisCorps is Gospel Service. As brothers and sisters to those “in need”, FrancisCorps volunteers share their gifts and talents in a year-long, faith based community in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi.
FrancisCorps volunteers will apply their experience of service, community and the values of Francis and Clare of Assisi to their careers, relationships and community, and so help build a more just, peaceful and fraternal society.
Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words! – St. Francis of Assisi
Although St. Francis never actually spoke those words, he lived them out in an encounter with a young friar. According to an ancient story, St. Francis once said to a novice: “Brother, let us go out and preach.” Taking him along, he went up into Assisi and they walked through the streets without saying a word; then returned to the friary. “And our preaching, brother Francis?” asked the novice. “It is done,” replied the Saint; implying that a simple, joyful, caring presence and the force of example are often the most eloquent kind of preaching.
FrancisCorps is a Franciscan faith-based program in the Roman Catholic tradition. Saint Francis of Assisi was so profoundly affected by God’s desire to become one of us, as a little child in Bethlehem and so overwhelmed by Christ’s love for us on the Cross that he realized that he was called to be a brother to all people, and even to Brother Sun, Sister Moon and all creation. Together with his friend Clare of Assisi and other followers he started the Franciscan movement which forever changed the tiny town of Assisi in Italy. We hold both Francis and Clare of Assisi as models of a community life that is inclusive, simple, peaceful, down-to-earth, respectful, collegial and responsive to the signs of the times. Fun and humor are also key elements of Franciscan spirituality as they reflect God’s goodness to us!
FrancisCorps is committed to respect all people regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation ethnicity or nationality, religion, socio-economic status, ability or political beliefs. No form of bullying or harassment, sexual or otherwise, is tolerated.
FrancisCorps values the protection of minors and vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse. Any incidence of abuse would be reported immediately to local police and/or child protection officials.
How do we share the dream, the passion, and the vision of St. Francis of Assisi with the next generation of Catholics? How do we empower lay young-adults to make a difference? That’s the question the Franciscan Friars (www.franciscans.org) debated at their gathering as a Chapter in 1997. The answer came with the founding of FrancisCorps in 1998 with Friar Jim Moore as the first director and our the first group of volunteers (FC1) in Syracuse, New York. In 2005 a second FrancisCorps house opened in San José, Costa Rica. Since then over 100 volunteers have experienced this life-transforming year of community life and service to the poor. From the beginning the values of FrancisCorps have included a balance of focus on both Francis and Clare of Assisi, friars and sisters working together and an appreciation of both women and men in community, in service to others and in the Church.
FrancisCorps is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit ministry of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual (Province of Our Lady of the Angels) whose Definitory (leadership council) constitutes the Board of Directors. The ministry of FrancisCorps is made possible by the additional support of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities , the Spirituality and Nature Center at Alverna Heights (Fayetteville, NY), the prayerful support of the Poor Clare Nuns of St. Clare Monastery (Chesterfield, NJ), Colegio Saint Francis (Moravia, Costa Rica) , The Franciscan Church of the Assumption (Syracuse,NY), Catholic Charities of Onandaga County (Syracuse, NY) and L’Arche Syracuse.
FrancisCorps is very grateful for the sacrifice and support of so many benefactors in Central New York and throughout the United States and Canada.
We acknowledge the generous grants of
Messenger of Saint Anthony (Padua, Italy) and Saint Anthony of Padua Mission Aid (Toronto, ON)
Father Justin Ministry Fund (Ellicott City, MD)
Lynch Family Foundation