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Mission Statement

Mission Statement:

Franciscans for the Poor provides an opportunity for individuals and groups to live out the Gospel message of justice through outreach to the poor and under-served. Participants will:
Build community in a simple life style
Volunteer with a variety of agencies that address human needs
Integrate prayer and reflection
Discern a personal response to the call of service


Franciscans for the Poor offers both winter and spring alternative break opportunities as well as summer mission trip experiences. We focus on exposing our participants to the Franciscan traditions of simplicity, service, community, and prayer. Groups of five to thirty-five people, from parishes, schools, and colleges nationwide, come and spend a week or weekend living simply in community with one another while serving in various service agencies in the greater Cincinnati area. We provide the housing, food, and service assignments, as well as social, educational, and prayer opportunities throughout the experience. Come make a difference with us!

We strive to welcome all of our participants where they are
We emphasize the spirituality of Sts. Francis and Clare and focus on simple, community living
We challenge participants to walk through the week with their eyes and hearts open - ready to serve and be served, and to "preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary use words"
From when a group arrives to when they leave, they are our family
Participants spend their days in service and their evenings in play, in prayer, and in community
Highlights of the week always include Supper with the Sisters and our Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition guest speaker
We host mostly college and high school students, but JrHi, family, and adult groups are welcome
We have had guests from as far as Washington state and as close as 10 miles away
At the end of 2013, our participants had clocked over 10k hours of service at 29 different sites



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