Serve - Inspire - Evangelize

Regular outreach to the needy in the local community

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.”

Mission trips don’t have to go far to find souls in need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Works of Mercy, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, enables students to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the hungry, sick, imprisoned, homeless, and strangers right here in the Ohio Valley and nearby Pittsburgh.

In prayer and various community services and projects, students involved in the Works of Mercy commit themselves to serve the poor, neglected, and the needy near to home. Through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, students actively participate in caring for those in need. The Church teaches us to be merciful through the works of mercy.

Nursing Home Ministry

Each week students offer their services to the residents of nursing facilities. They spend time listening, sharing, praying, and developing personal relationships with the residents. Many seasonal activities are planned throughout the year.

Carriage Inn
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Catherine’s Care
Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ministry to the Poor and Needy

Friendship Room
Friday, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Volunteers help the owners of this relational shelter with odd jobs, and spend time with those who come for aid.

Homeless Ministry – Pittsburgh
Every other Thursday, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Students bring the love of Jesus Christ to the needy and homeless people through conversations and meals.

Encounter Steubenville
Sunday, 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Men from the Labelle Mission house will be working with the needy around the area. Praying the rosary for all the intentions of our city and sharing the Joy of the Gospel with all those they meet.

Spread the joy of the Gospel in downtown Steubenville with those less fortunate through various avenues of reaching out, forming relationships, and praying with them.

Prison Ministry
*Tuesdays, 12:20 – 4:20 p.m.
Volunteers go to a male medium security prison in St. Claresville, Ohio, where they share their Catholic faith through visiting and talking with inmates and going to Mass with them.

*Remote this semester

Urban Mission Fresh Market
Wednesday, 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. and Thursday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Urban Mission Thrift Store
Monday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Ministry to the Youth

Vagabond Missions
Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Students work closely with Vagabond Ministries to serve downtown at-risk teens.

Weirton Christian Center
Tuesday and Thursday, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Students work with at-risk youth at a community center in Weirton. Relationships are formed by spending time with youth – assisting them with their homework and engaging them in group activities.

Ministry to Families

Students Serving Moms
Each week, student helpers provide three hours of service to a Franciscan Family as they grow in the vocation of marriage and family.  Form relationships and connections with the children and families in the area as you minister to the needs of the family in and outside the home.  In exchange, you will receive a meal, the chance to do laundry if you desire, and a “home away from home” of sorts!

Abortion Clinic/ Sidewalk Counseling
Meets after 6:30 am pro life mass on Saturdays, they return at 10:30am
This outreach offers student the opportunity to go to the Pittsburgh abortion clinics and peacefully pray for an end to abortion and for conversion of hearts as they witness to a culture of life. Alternatively, students educate others on Pro-Life Apologetics.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (Matthew 15:12)

Works of Mercy Leadership
  • Rhett Young, director
  • Bridget Dutton, student coordinator
  • Francisco Guizar, graduate assistant
  • Sr. Mary Amata, O.S.F., pastoral assistant
  • Sr. Mary Bosco, O.S.F., pastoral assistant
  • Sr. Joan Paule, T.O.R., pastoral assistant
Contact Us

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