Religious organizations live out the corporal works of mercy

Franciscan Mission Associates

According to its mission statement, the General Organization of Franciscan Mission Associates works to provide “spiritual and financial assistance for the missions and ministries of the Friars of the Franciscan Province of the Immaculate Conception.” The friars do the work of Christ around the world, serving the daily needs of parishioners, the sick, the poor and the homeless. Contact: • 914-664-5604


Little Sisters of the Poor

These remarkable women religious have gotten major media attention in the last several years due to their fight against the U.S. government over the contraception mandate. But their daily lives are filled with serving the elderly poor. According to their history, their founder, St. Jeanne Jugan, “walked the roads of Brittany seeking alms” for the poor, recognized by the “begging basket” she carried. That tradition of giving alms to the poor continues by the Little Sisters today. Contact:


Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate

This congregation of priests and brothers was founded by St. Eugene De Mazenod after the French Revolution to serve the poor. This work continues by the Oblates today worldwide, including the United States, where they staff religious shrines and serve the poor in hospitals, soup kitchens and other social services. Contact: • 1-888-330-6264

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