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, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Catherine’s Care
Wednesday, 5:45 – 7:00 p.m.

Martha’s Manor
Sunday, 2:20 – 4:30 p.m.

Sienna Woods
Friday, 3:15- 5:15 p.m.

Ministry to the Poor and Needy

Friendship Room
Tuesday, 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.

LAMP Ministries
Second and Fourth Saturday of every month from 8:45 – 12:00 p.m.
Meet at LAMP ministry at Holy Name Cathedral in downtown Steubenville with Franciscan sisters TOR to bring the joy of the gospel to those whom you encounter.

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

Men’s Mission House & Street Evangelization
Sunday, 1:00 – 3:30 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.

Ministry to the Mentally Challenged – Franklin Group Home
Sunday, 12:50 – 2:00 p.m.
Volunteers devote time building relationships, playing games and praying for the residents at a group home in downtown Steubenville.

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.

Samaritan House
Friday, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Students join in praise & worship & Bible study with local downtown residents run by the T.O.R. sisters.

Unity Kitchen – Urban Mission
Mon, Tues, Wed, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Volunteers prepare and serve hot lunches to the local residents of Steubenville.

Ministry to the Youth

Dead Theologians Society
3rd Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.
Volunteers share about the lives of the Saints with local teens at St. Peter Church (downtown), encouraging them to live saintly lives.

Dirty Vagabond Ministries
Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Students work closely with Dirty Vagabond Ministries to serve downtown at-risk teens.

Weirton Christian Center
Mondays and Wednesdays, 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.

Students for Life
1st/3rd Saturday 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. ; 2nd / 4th Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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)

Abortion Clinic/ Sidewalk Counseling
Meets after 6:30 am pro life mass on Saturdays, they return at 10:30am

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!

Works of Mercy Leadership
  • Rhett Young, director
  • Dominique Cognetti, student coordinator
  • Marilyn Griffin, student coordinator
  • Madeline Cottrill, student coordinator
  • Sr. Mary Michael O.C.D, pastoral assistant
  • Sr. Martin-Marie O.C.D, pastoral assistant – Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles
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