Specialized Ministries & Sites

The Franciscan Education Burse financially assists the education portion of formation for our friars. Each burse comes with a commitment to build up to a $5,000 value and can be made by parishes, individuals, families, groups or organizations, as established in memorial, celebration or thanksgiving. Please consider contributing to an already established burse, create a new one or leave one as your legacy. Contact Mr Joseph Hamilton (410-531-9200) for more information.

Fr. Justin Rosary Hour Ministry offers prayer books, inspirational literature, CD’s and DVD’s available through a printable order form online that can be mailed with your check and order.

FrancisCorps volunteers (aged 21-25) share gifts and talents in a year-long, faith based community in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. Volunteers help to build a more just, peaceful and fraternal society. Founded in 1998, on average, 10 volunteers provide 380 hours to approximately 1200 men, women and children, each week of service.

The Shrine of St. Anthony, located in Ellicott City, MD offers a place to experience the Spirit in a powerful way. Please visit anytime and renew your spirit and allow HOPE to fill your lives! In addition to Daily Mass and Confession is available Monday through Saturday, there are events happening all year long. The Shrine also has an extensive gift shop and an online Friars Shop, full of items that will fit most every Religious Goods need, including a collection of Franciscan items and literature. If you do not live close by or don’t see what you are looking for online, give them a call (410-531-2800) and they may be able to send you a gift that is sure to please.

The National St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine is located in Fonda, NY where St. Kateri lived from 1666 to 1667, before she fled to a Christian village in Canada. Modern Day Fonda was then known as Caughnawaga (“By the Rapids”) and St. Kateri was baptized with the waters from a nearby spring that still flows there. It is well worth a trip to visit the beautiful and historical site of the only fully excavated Mohawk village of that era. Religious Goods can also be purchased through the online gift-shop.

The Companions of St. Anthony works to gather donations for specific needs including the education and formation of friars, as a development office. St. Anthony of Padua was a pioneer in the concept of using all the different forms of the media to proclaim his message. In his days, that meant preaching, writing, providing spiritual advice, etc. The Companions continue his use of many different approaches to the same message: to Words of salvation of our Lord. Through their website, Facebook and Twitter, as well as postal and E-mailings, companions can access reflections on scripture, prayer books, Mass Cards, religious goods and a vast selection of materials published by and about the friars.

The Franciscan Center, founded and continuing in the Catholic and Franciscan traditions, provides transitional care for young me in need. The home-like atmosphere fosters a holistic approach toward personal growth and development. On-going transformation through goal-setting leads to a re-integration into family life and/or independent living.

St. Clare Inn offers accommodation and support to women between the ages of 30 and 60, who are homeless and struggling with mental health challenges. St. Clare Inn is not a shelter; it is a transitional home and a place where women can live with dignity while rebuilding their lives. Within this safe, drug and alcohol free environment where respect, peace, safety, and dignity are key values, women can begin to heal and start to build a better future.

Fat Friar Confections
offers handmade gourmet treats. They are dedicated to serving the poor and marginalized by supporting the operations of Assumption Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, helping to serve the needs of the hungry in Central NY. video

The Franciscan Mission House, in Rensselaer, NY has a beautiful chapel and contributions help educate friars in Costa Rica and Brazil. Spiritual Enrollments, Mass Cards, Votive and Franciscan Soy Candles are available online.

Franciscan Soy Candles are Eco-friendly and  created by our friars. The proceeds from the sale of these wooden wick candles benefits our aging and in-firmed friars.

Carrollton Hall Cultural Center on the grounds of the Shrine of Saint Anthony, in Ellicott City, MD. This Cultural Center dedicated to Faith, Family and Country was officially entered into the National Register of Historic Places, in January of 2015. Carrollton Hall was built by Charles Carroll, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, for his granddaughter Emily Caton McTavish. She died there in 1867. (brochure link)

caRe vaN provides free healthcare to the homeless and under-served in the Chicopee (MA) area, including services such as blood pressure checks, blood pressure checks, foot care, first aide and minor wound care. For more information or to make a donation, please email Brother Michael Duffy, OFM Conv. at bro_duffy@hotmail.com.

free healthcare to the homeless and underserved of Chicopee, including blood pressure checks and monitoring, blood sugar checks, foot care, episodic first aid, minor wound care, patient education on these and other topics, and other healthcare needs that may arise – See more at: http://www.elms.edu/elms-news/providing-care-to-chicopees-homeless.xml#sthash.yc9YU8EW.dpuf
free healthcare to the homeless and underserved of Chicopee, including blood pressure checks and monitoring, blood sugar checks, foot care, episodic first aid, minor wound care, patient education on these and other topics, and other healthcare needs that may arise – See more at: http://www.elms.edu/elms-news/providing-care-to-chicopees-homeless.xml#sthash.yc9YU8EW.dpuf

San Damiano Mission – Brooklyn, NY: At the invitation of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the Bishop of Brooklyn, The Mission (officially “San Damiano Mission”) was established in February 2015 on the site of the former Holy Family Slovak Catholic Church. At the heart of The Mission is Pope Francis’ call to seek those who may feel abandoned, alone, or even disenfranchised by the Church.  The friars serving at this location are committed to simply meeting the people of the Williamsburg & Greenpoint community in Brooklyn “where they are,” serving them in both religious and spiritual formation.

In addition friars serve in multiple capacities for organizations such as Catholic Relief Services (CRS), as chaplains for religious orders (Sisters of the Resurrection, Sisters of St. Felix), as military chaplains (Religious Support Office – Fort Meade Garrison, Soldiers’ Home), hospitals and mission offices.