Mission, Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue
A Holistic Learning Experience
SFC's Office of Mission, Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue is dedicated to helping students pursue whole-person development. Our programs and resources are inspired by the charism of St. Francis of Assisi and follow the mission of St. Francis College.
We’re passionate about creating an atmosphere of genuine friendship and support, and we strive to promote a strong and inclusive community through social responsibility, mutual respect, service, justice and spiritual growth. Working in collaboration with other departments, our office focuses particularly on the spiritual development of students and the college community.
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.
Each academic year, we focus on one Franciscan value or tenet. This year we have chosen SERVICE. Service is integral to what it means to be a Franciscan in the world.
The understanding of service can be honored, unpacked, and fulfilled in myriad ways. We recognize those who serve in our armed forces, and as civil servants as police officers, firefighters, EMTs, sanitation workers. We pay tribute to the doctors, nurses and all who work in the area of healthcare. We honor the countless members of our communities who work in transportation and construction, our teachers, food delivery personnel, as well as our religious leaders: rabbis, priests, imams, chaplains, all the women and men who have continually put themselves in vulnerable positions to keep our cities and our country moving forward throughout history and most recently during this deadly epidemic.
Service is also reflected in what we do for one another as members of a community. How do we listen, how do we hear, how do we respect points of difference? What can we offer those who are in need, who are vulnerable, lonely, weary, marginalized or forgotten? These are the questions and touchpoints of consideration with which the Office of Mission, Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue will be engaging throughout this academic year, and we invite our entire SFC community into the conversations and activities we will hold.
What is the Appeal of Saint Francis?
22 Ways Franciscans Changed the World
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 2020.
Click here to explore Il Poverello, our seasonal collection of reflections written by members of the SFC community.
Under the direction of Dr. Michael Kaminski, the College Choir has several performance opportunities, including a Christmas concert, a Spring concert and the Baccalaureate ceremony.
We also have a liturgical ensemble which welcomes singers and instrumentalists. Please contact Tim at [email protected] for more information.
Choir and liturgical ensemble activities are currently on hold until further notice.
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]
Typically, we offer multiple retreat opportunities throughout the year. However, our retreat options have changed due to COVID-19. We still plan to offer our Busy Person's Retreat each semester, and we are available to coordinate virtual retreat experiences. 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.
The Brothers’ Chapel, located on the fourth floor, is always open for personal prayer and reflection.
The Interfaith Prayer Room, located on the first floor just past the Office of Admissions, has prayer mats and resources for all who want to come and pray.
The St. Clare Lounge, conveniently located near the first floor elevators, is a welcoming and comfortable space for students to meet, study, relax, have discussions and learn more about spirituality.
Brothers Chapel, located on the 4th floor, is open at all times. It is available for quiet prayer and personal reflection for everyone.
Catholic Liturgy is currently being live-streamed every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. We hope to soon return to our weekly services previously held in the Brothers Chapel.
All liturgies will be streamed and accessible on The Brooklyn Oratory's YouTube Channel.
If you are seeking information regarding the reception of sacraments, please contact [email protected].
Connect With Us
Office of Mission, Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue, St. Clare Lounge (near the 1st floor elevators)