Plant Yourself in Franciscan Soil
Mission: The Mission of the Office of Mission, Ministry and Interfaith Dialogue is for every member of the St. Francis Community - in particular through interdependence, genuine support, service, and spiritual growth - to fearlessly live out the Franciscan way personally and professionally to transform the world!
Vision: We are the cultivators of our institution, tilling the Franciscan soil so that all of our stakeholders can be planted firmly in the richness of our Franciscan heritage and expect personal and professional growth.
We encourage members of all faith traditions to participate in our programs and events, which include Mass, interfaith prayer services, retreats, music ministry and conversations about spirituality and faith.
Our office also coordinates local service opportunities and offers interested students pastoral guidance. Through these efforts, the College’s Franciscan identity is deepened as its caring mission extends into the wider community.
Pace e Bene
As a Franciscan institution, we approach the world with joy and gratitude. Sometimes these two values intersect or overlap so closely that we have to think about whether we are joyful because we are grateful or are we grateful because we experience joy in our lives. We know that both St. Francis and St. Clare embodied and reflected joy and gratitude, and we are reminded that we are called to do the same with these gifts that we are offered freely and unconditionally.
Many of you are aware that each academic year we focus on a particular Franciscan value or tenet. This year we have chosen to be guided by a more overarching theme so as to emphasize many of our values. The theme this year is Pace e Bene, which is Italian for "Peace and All Good." St. Clare and St. Francis used this powerful little phrase as a greeting, expressing their desire for each person to be truly at peace, truly good and deeply content. In selecting this as our theme, it is our sincere hope that this week profoundly impacts the atmosphere of our new campus by establishing it as a place of deep peace and good for everyone in our community. May the Franciscan spirit of Pace e Bene bring our community together in close-knit bonds of friendship as we begin this new chapter at St. Francis College!
St. Francis and the Sultan
"In 1219, St. Francis and Brother Illuminato accompanied the armies of western Europe to Damietta, Egypt, during the Fifth Crusade. His desire was to speak peacefully with Muslim people about Christianity. He tried to stop the Crusaders from attacking Muslims at the Battle of Damietta, but failed. He was arrested, beaten, and eventually taken to the sultan, Malek at-Kamil.
Al-Kamil was known as a kind, generous, fair ruler. At Damietta alone he offered peace to the Crusaders five times, and, according to western accounts, treated defeated Crusaders humanely. His goal was to establish peaceful coexistence with Christians.
After an initial attempt by Francis and the sultan to convert the other, both quickly realized that the other already knew and loved God. They remained for as many as 20 days discussing prayer and the mystical life.
This encounter is a paradigm for interfaith dialogue in our time. Despite differences in religion, people of prayer can find common ground in their experiences of God. Dialogue demands that we truly listen to the other, but before we can listen, we must see the other as a precious human being, loved by God."
- Brother Robert Lentz, OFM
What is the Appeal of Saint Francis and Saint Clare?
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Additional Resources & Information
Each year, we celebrate the feast day of our patron saint, Francis of Assisi, and his stalwart companion, St. Clare, through a week of special events. Click here to learn more about St. Clare & St. Francis Week.
We have a liturgical ensemble which welcomes singers and instrumentalists. The ensemble is currently inactive, but please contact Tim at [email protected] if you are interested in having this opportunity reactivated.
Following the tradition and example of our college’s patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, our office is dedicated to empowering students to share their gifts with others and to continuously serve our community in Brooklyn and beyond. This includes helping students fulfill their service requirements by matching them with opportunities throughout the area.
Please visit the Office of Mission, Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue to discuss details of necessary instruction and preparation for the RCIA. Contact us at [email protected]
We currently offer two retreat experiences: an Advent Retreat, and a Lent Retreat. Both of these retreats are delivered in a Zoom format, and they include weekly sessions led by students and ministers throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn. In the past, we have also facilitated a Busy Person's Retreat. If you have an idea for a retreat experience, please let us know! Contact [email protected] for more information.
The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.
Our Chapel, located on the 5th floor (Room 5102), is always open for personal prayer and reflection.
The Interfaith Prayer Room (also known as the Assisi Room), located on the 5th floor (Room 5104), has prayer mats, ablution rooms, and resources for all who want to come and pray.
The Campus Ministry Suite, located on the 5th floor (Room 5109), includes our offices, a huddle room, and our SFC Resource Pantry which is stocked with food items, hygiene products, and a limited supply of clothing.
Our Chapel, located on the 5th floor (Room 5102), is open at all times. It is available for quiet prayer and personal reflection for everyone.
Catholic Liturgy is currently scheduled for every Thursday at 2:00pm during the Spring 2023 semester.
If you are seeking information regarding the reception of sacraments, please contact [email protected].