One of our apostolic missions is to serve the materially poor, most especially the destitute and homeless. By living in poor neighborhoods, running homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and youth programs, friars strive to fulfill the command of the gospel and our Holy Father St. Francis to live among the poor, providing for their physical and spiritual needs.
“The quest for divine beauty impels consecrated persons to care for the deformed image of God on the faces of their brothers and sisters, faces disfigured by hunger, faces disillusioned by political promises, faces humiliated by seeing their culture despised, faces frightened by constant and indiscriminant violence and drugs, humiliated faces of abused women, and tired faces of migrants who are not given a warm welcome.”
-Pope John Paul II, Vita Consecrata
Some of our NYC area Apostolates and Ministries with the Poor: