The FrancisCorps experience is a year of real Gospel service for young adults aged 21 to 25!
Inspired by the lives of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, FrancisCorps volunteers do not simply do a “year of service” but instead participate in an experience of Gospel living, the foundation of which is the volunteers’ relationship with God.
The service to those in need, intentional Christian community and shared life of prayer experienced over the year flows from a desire to strengthen this foundation and to see God’s presence in all people and all things.
This experience is not one of prayer, service, or community at any one given time, but an experience of prayer, service and community at all times! This integrated experience is brought to life through comprehensive and balanced Franciscan Service, Intentional Community and Faith Formation.
Saint Francis said that “at all times preach the Gospel, if necessary use words.” The service provided by FrancisCorps volunteers is built on this idea. By directly serving our brothers and sisters in need and building relationships with them, we also build and deepen our relationship with God. It is in action that FrancisCorps volunteers become living witnesses of the Gospel for those they serve, those they serve alongside, and one another. With a variety of different service sites in the Syracuse area, volunteers commit to serving 8 hours a day, five days a week.
FrancisCorps volunteers live with five to eight other volunteers in a fully furnished house located in the Syracuse, NY neighborhood called the Northside. The community commits to sharing a meal together seven days a week, celebrating a community night each week with a FrancisCorps support person, and sharing in a community meeting weekly.
Deepening your relationship with God is at the heart of the FrancisCorps experience. Throughout the year, we will provide a comprehensive retreat and pilgrimage program specifically designed with you in mind! The community also shares in common prayer seven days a week and commits to attending Catholic Mass and participating in faith sharing weekly. The FrancisCorps Chaplain and Director also provide support through one-on-one meetings and check-ins and spiritual direction is available.
Typical Day of a Volunteer
7:25am: Time to hit the snooze button!
8am: Let’s prepare for the day! After some breakfast and our morning routine it’s time to head off to work!
9am – 4:30pm: Each service site is different and requires you to serve in different ways. But regardless where that is, service with FrancisCorps emphasizes direct interaction with the people you will serve.
5pm: When I return home, some of my community members are relaxing in the living room or porch, while others are in their rooms taking time to decompress or catching up with a friend. Some are off on a run or working out. It’s my night to cook!
6:15pm: Dinner is ready! This is a special time because I get to share my day with my community members and hear about theirs, all while sharing some delicious food!
7pm: Let’s do a quick clean up! It’s surprising how often doing dishes turns into a dance party!
7:20pm: Head to prayer space to reflect on the day with my community and God.
7:45pm: Free time! Go to the living room to hang out, pick up a book from the house library or go into your room for some me time!
The Volunteer’s Impact
Additional Benefits & Support
- Comfortable home to live in (with WiFi!)
- Help navigating the process of loan deferment
- Medical insurance, if needed
- No fundraising requirement
- Monthly stipend for personal expenses
- Transportation to and from your service site
- Monthly community stipend for food and supplies
- One-on-one meetings with FrancisCorps staff