Hunger Takes No Holiday

Only together can we bring relief and hope to thousands suffering from hunger and homelessness this Thanksgiving season. Have a Franciscan Heart and help the Friars provide the basic necessities of food, clothing, shelter and medical assistance to those in desperate need.

OUR PROMISE

100% of your donation gives back.

We promise that 100% of your gift to The Franciscan Challenge goes to ministries providing services to the poor, assisting in the education of young Friars, and care for our elderly Friars who have cared for so many for so long.

Have A Franciscan Heart and help us help the 2 million people who come to us for help each year for the basic necessities of life we so often take for granted. These are children, women, and men who literally have nothing and no one – except the Franciscan Friars and you. 

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OUR WORK

Having a Franciscan Heart is about making the world a better place to live.

This Thanksgiving season, help our Friars fill our soup kitchens with meals and our shelves with food, clothing, diapers and formula by giving generously to the Franciscan Challenge. Our centers are at a major shortage for basic necessities, and now that the winter is approaching, they are of the utmost importance for survival. 100% of your gift goes to ministries providing services to the poor, assisting in the education of young Friars, and care for our elderly Friars who have cared for so many for so long. Please, help us with your generosity to bring healing and help to our world which desperately needs more Franciscan Hearts.

They will be the Franciscan presence in the future church as they continue the all-accepting, joyful spirit of St. Francis. As we see our church struggling with so many issues today we need educated young Friars who will be able to bring the gospel to a rapidly changing world. Your gift will help a young man hear God’s call to Franciscan fraternity and ministry.

Educate Young Friars

If you believe in the distinctiveness of the Franciscan spirit, help us insure our continued ministry by assisting us in educating the young men who are coming to us with Franciscan vocations.

We need your help to continue our work providing medical assistance, food, diapers, formula, drug counseling and shelter to over 2 million children, women and men on the East Coast of the USA each year. As St. Francis said, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible!

Care For The Poor

We need your help to continue our work with those who suffer from the obstacles of poverty, hunger, homelessness and mental illness. Our Friars serve over 2 million children, women and men each year.

Many of sick and elderly Friars have devoted their lives to building the parishes and ministries in which the Franciscan Friars are still very much present. We would not be in these places without the hard work of our older brother Friars. They cared for you by building up these wonderful ministries, and now they need us to care for them.

Care For Elderly Friars

In appreciation for what we have now, help us care for sick and elderly Friars have devoted their lives to building parishes and ministries. They cared for us, now we must care for them.

OUR IMPACT SINCE 2020

Thanks to you, The Franciscan Friars have kept their door open to safely serve
over two million people in crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year we provided:

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We need educated young Friars who will be able to bring the gospel to a rapidly changing world. Your gift will help a young man hear God’s call to Franciscan fraternity and ministry.

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Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA

St. Francis Inn Ministries

We’ve been serving over 350 restaurant style meals each day to families, young children, the homeless and those struggling to find a place to rest since 1979. 

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New York City, New york

Franciscan Relief Fund

Bringing relief to workers in the food, hospitality and service industries facing financial hardship during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Inspired by Matthew: 25, this sculpture is a representation that suggests Christ is with the most marginalized in our society. This statue is the creation of Timothy Schmalz and it is located outside St Francis of Assisi Church, in Midtown Manhattan. 
A life-sized bronze sculpture by the same artist depicting Jesus as a homeless man lying on a park bench has found a home at the Vatican.

New York City, New York

St. Francis Breadline

Serving 200 sandwiches, hot cups of coffee and slices of cake to the homeless, disabled, veterans or those just struggling to make ends meet daily since 1930.

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Allegany, New York

St. Bonaventure University

Shaped by its values of compassion, wisdom and integrity- St. Bonaventure is a transformative community committed to academic excellence and civic engagement.

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New York City, NY

Hospice Care

They cared for you by building up wonderful ministries, and now they need us to care for them. In appreciation for what we have now, please help us care for our older sick Friars.

What is the work of the Franciscan Friars?

The core of our mission is to live out a Gospel life and serve all the people of God regardless of their faith, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or nationality.

What makes the Franciscan Friars different?​

The Franciscan Friars have always been thought of as “of the people and with the people.” Living in community is one of our core values and helps the Friars to be a little more down to earth. The Friars never see themselves as better than anyone and are not judge-mental and are very accepting of everyone.

Why do the Franciscan Friars need money?​

The Franciscan Friars do not beg for themselves but for others and most importantly for the poor and desperate they serve. However, there are times that need a stronger call and that is now. In the tradition of begging, we are asking for money for three very important causes: • one to educate our young men who desire to become Franciscan Friars • for our work with the 2 million poor and desperate men, women and children who come to us each year, a tradition we have been doing for over 800 years • and to take care of our sick and elderly Franciscan Friars who have helped so many for so long and now need care of themselves. We believe in actions over empty words. We believe in Love At Work. Help us to put this love into action – please give generously to the Franciscan Challenge!