Franciscan Connection

The Franciscan Friars Conventual have been ministering in the anthracite coal region for 120 years!

In the summer of 2019 five young friars stayed at the Franciscan Center for the first part of an eight-week summer service learning immersion program called:

"Being Lesser Brothers & Preferential Options for the Poor".

This experience would take the small group of friars to Franciscan Ministries in Shamokin/Coal Township PA, Maryland, North Carolina & Kentucky.

They continued on to Latin America visiting Colombia & El Salvador, finishing in New Mexico with a border experience in El Paso Texas & Juárez, Mexico.

A special thank you to all who offered hospitality and opened their hearts in the greater Shamokin/Coal Township area!

We look forward to returning to the Shamokin area in 2023!