Mission, Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue
Inspired by the charism of St. Francis of Assisi and flowing from the mission of St. Francis College, the programs offered by the Office of Mission, Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue are aimed at the development of the whole person.
We seek to provide 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, the Office focuses particularly on the spiritual development of students and the college community.
Office of Mission, Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue:
St. Clare Lounge (near the 1st floor elevators)
Location: Room 1312
Contact: 718.489.2054 | email@example.com
The Office enthusiastically invites members of all faith traditions to participate in its programs and events. Mass, interfaith prayer services, retreats, music ministry, and conversations about spirituality and faith. In addition, the Office coordinates service opportunities with local entities, and the staff is available for pastoral guidance. Through these efforts, the College’s Franciscan identity is deepened as its caring mission extends into the wider community.
- The Dignity of the Human Person
- St. Clare & St. Francis Week 2019
- St. Francis of Assisi
- St. Clare of Assisi
- Chapel Services
- College Choir
- Community Sevice
- Franciscan Resources
- The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
The theme of St. Clare & St. Francis Week and of the 2019 -2020 academic year is the dignity of the human person: the recognition that all people have an intrinsic value and should always be treated with respect simply because they are people. This is one of the most important values and driving forces of the Franciscan tradition.
St. Clare and St. Francis began their communities with a vision of total equality and inclusivity and a mission of breaking down any barriers which prevented them from sharing the love they had found in God. In these communities, everyone was called a “brother” or “sister” to show their equal standing, and Francis and Clare did not take titles of authority. Their commitment to human dignity is especially shown through their care for the lepers in their region, as well as the poor and marginalized. The Franciscan understanding of human dignity is certainly about respect for all people, but it is perhaps even better communicated as a recognition of the sacredness of every individual and a pursuit of promoting that sacredness through love, friendship, peacemaking, and service.
Brothers Chapel, located on the 4th floor, is open at all times. It is available for quiet prayer and personal reflection for everyone.
Monday at 12:30PM
If you are seeking information regarding the reception of sacraments, please stop by the St. Clare Lounge.
Visiting clergy, often college alumni, preside at liturgies. Students can be trained and certified on-campus through the office to serve as Lectors and/or Eucharistic Ministers at Mass.
During Lent, Stations of the Cross are conducted on Fridays.
With the radical love of St. Francis of Assisi as our guiding example, it is the Office’s mission to serve the Brooklyn community and beyond by empowering students to share their gifts with others. The Office promotes justice and equality just as St. Francis did when he ministered to the lepers, the marginalized, and the poor.
Honors Program and first-year students have a service requirement as part of their responsibilities. We help students fulfill this requirement by matching them with opportunities throughout the area.
The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
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. Weekly Mass is celebrated in the Chapel on Thursdays at 11:20am.
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.