Re-established this past year, Franciscan Soy Candles is a unique ministry producing artisan candles. Created originally by Br. Andre Picotte, OFM Conv., during the Christmas Season 2012, this hobby turned ministry served to be a great source of income benefiting our Franciscan Charity Fund, all while making great gifts and filling your home with lovely fragrances. in 2020, Br. Andre had to step down from the ministry, but he still serves as a consultant and advisor. The day to day work and creation of Franciscan Soy Candles was taken over by Br. Brian Newbigging, OFM Conv., who serves as Director. The ministry moved to Ellicott City, MD, in 2021, with in store purchases available through the St. Anthony Shop, of The Shrine of St. Anthony. You can also place an order by calling Br. Brian at 518-496-4805 or email him at FranciscanCandles@gmail.com.
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 our Director of Mission Advancement, Mr Joseph Hamilton (443-583-7665) 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.
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 Brazil. Spiritual Enrollments and Mass Cards are available online.
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. Carrolton Hall Brochure (4-27-2018)
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 email@example.com.
In addition friars serve in multiple capacities for organizations such as Catholic Relief Services (CRS), as chaplains for religious orders, as military chaplains, hospitals and mission offices.