The Franciscan Center
Sponsored by the Franciscan Friars Conventual Ministering in Shamokin, Coal Township, and Trevorton.
“I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of powerful opposition but also because of a more general lack of interest. Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference…We require a new and universal solidarity. All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” (14)
Mission: The Franciscan Center assists the coal region by being a locus for networking and collaboration with faith based groups, community organizations, business owners, government agencies, and institutions of higher education in order to create a sustainable and promising future for the area.