Welcome to St. Francis Inn Ministries

 

We are a Franciscan, Eucharistic community called to minister with the poor and homeless of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in the spirit of the Gospel and inspired by the life and compassion of Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi, we try to meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing and hospitality. Furthermore, we empower persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and address structural injustices. We seek to build relationships with those that we serve by respecting their human dignity and by helping them to restore hope in their lives, and by living simply among them.

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This week we welcome a college group from the Rochester Institute of Technology for a week of service. ... See MoreSee Less

This week we are hosting a college group from Siena College for a week of service. ... See MoreSee Less

This week we welcome a group from LeMoyne College which is in Syracuse, N.Y. ... See MoreSee Less

Sheila Hagan Holst, Victoria Fioravanti and 23 others like this

Lynn Hartney DowlerMy alma mater!! Although I may have been the first Le Moyne grad to be a FVM, it was so long ago that I hope there have been many more:)

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Our Franciscan community at St. Francis Inn would like to wish a very Blessed and Merry Christmas to all! ... See MoreSee Less

Our Franciscan community at St. Francis Inn would like to wish a very Blessed and Merry Christmas to all!

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Pamela A. Nobel LakefieldAnd back to all of you too!

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Joy Stella BlasiBeautiful!! Brother Fred must had something to do with this? 💕🎄

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David ShepardMerry Christmas and many blessings to St. Francis Inn.

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Gus KrebsA Blessed and Merry Christmas to you too!

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Donna SwansonMERRY CHRISTMAS

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Ed MathisThank you for the important work that you do.God bless!

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Michelle GalloMerry Christmas Everyone!

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Cyril EdwardsMerry Christmas to all!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Susan Hondros DurninA blessed Christmas to all of you

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Pete CarrolanBro Fred did a beautiful job? Merry Christmas to you all

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Jesus MaryTo Jesus Through Mary With a Despairing Soul Meditation: Jesus: My child, all your sins have not wounded My Heart as painfully as your present lack of trust does — that after so many efforts of My love and mercy, you should still doubt My goodness. Soul: Your response. Jesus: Here, soul, are all the treasures of My Heart. Take everything you need from it (Diary, 1486). Soul: Your response. My Prayer Response: Lord Jesus, draw souls in despair to trust in You and not to doubt Your goodness. Share with them all the treasures of Your Heart. www.thedivinemercy.org

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The Chapel is all prepared for our Christmas Vigil celebration. ... See MoreSee Less

The Chapel is all prepared for our Christmas Vigil celebration.

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Kathleen SussekThis has Brother Fred's name all over it! Happy and Blessed Christmas from the Sussek's

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Becki Moberley AndersonBeautiful!! Merry Christmas to The St Francis Inn Ministries

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Oran BoleyMerry Christmas thank you for giving to the Lord you guys are awesome servants for the Lord thank you for showing the love of Christ someday I would like to come to volunteer I live in Iowa

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Jaymee AttawayBrother Fred...All I can say is WOW! The chapel looks amazing! I wish you and everyone at the Inn a very Merry Christmas! God bless you all!🌲

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Peggy HondrosJust beautiful! Merry Christmas!

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Michelle GalloMerry Christmas Everyone!

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Gus KrebsFelez Navadad!

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Katie LaPorteWow, beautiful! Did Br. Fred let anyone help? 😀

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Gus KrebsFelez Anno Nuovo!

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Jesus MaryTo Jesus Through Mary MARY’S QUESTIONING AND ACCEPTANCE (Luke 1:34-38) Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Help me to say “Yes” to God’s plan. Imagination: (Picture Mary speaking with the Angel). Context: Luke records the greatest moment in human history, when God becomes flesh in Mary’s womb. This text highlights Mary’s struggle to understand the mystery. Once all is clear, she quickly consents. Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.) The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin named Mary. The angel said, “Do not fear, Mary. You have found favor with God. You shall conceive and bear a son and give him the name Jesus. Great will be his dignity and he will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father. He will rule over the house of Jacob forever and his reign will be without end. Mary said to the angel, “How can this be because I do not know man?” The angel explained, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you. The child will be called holy, the Son of God. Know that Elizabeth, your relative, has conceived a son in her old age. She who was called barren, is now in her sixth month because nothing is impossible to God.” Mary said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” At this, the angel left her. Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.) Mary knew that God called her to be a virgin. Now, the angel speaks of her becoming a mother. The angel explains how both are true. The Holy Spirit will overshadow her, making her both mother and virgin. This message overwhelms Mary. Because Mary must accept her privilege, the angel describes God’s miracle in Elizabeth. The angel concludes, “Nothing is impossible to God.” Mary’s human mind quickly understands that God will do the impossible. She surrenders completely, “Let it be done to me according to your word.” Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.) Father, what is your plan for me? Jesus, I cannot always understand your favors. Mary, teach me how to search for answers. Spirit, reveal God’s mysteries in my life. God, nothing is impossible for you. Mary, engrave your response on my heart, “Let I be done to me according to your word.” Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.) This day, I will surrender to God’s plan. I will believe that nothing is impossible for God. Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation) Let it be done to me according to your word. www.flameoflove.us/december-20-2016-tuesday-marys-questioning-and-acceptance/?mc_cid=3051865d38&m...

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On this first day of winter and the longest night of the year a candlelight vigil took place in Philadelphia to honor and remember all those people who have died this past year while experiencing homelessness. Today is called National Homeless Memorial Day. We remembered four of our guests who died this past year while experiencing homelessness.
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On this first day of winter and the longest night of the year a candlelight vigil took place in Philadelphia to honor and remember all those people who have died this past year while experiencing homelessness. Today is called National Homeless Memorial Day. We remembered four of our guests who died this past year while experiencing homelessness.

Bernadette Fennimore, Jennifer Rawls Chango and 23 others like this

Jaymee AttawayI just read about this on Jessiquar Tet's page. It is nice to see a day of remembrance for all those whom have passed. 🙏

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This week we welcome a college group from the Rochester Institute of Technology for a week of service. ... See MoreSee Less

This week we are hosting a college group from Siena College for a week of service. ... See MoreSee Less

This week we welcome a group from LeMoyne College which is in Syracuse, N.Y. ... See MoreSee Less

Sheila Hagan Holst, Victoria Fioravanti and 23 others like this

Lynn Hartney DowlerMy alma mater!! Although I may have been the first Le Moyne grad to be a FVM, it was so long ago that I hope there have been many more:)

3 weeks ago   ·  1
Lynn Hartney Dowler

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Our Ministries

St. Francis Inn

The Inn has been serving meals to the neediest individuals and families in Philadelphia since 1979. We now serve between 350 and 500 meals a day with dignity and respect. In addition to the dine-in meals, we also provide food baskets for families and homebound seniors monthly. A mixture of fresh and non-perishable foods supply regular sustenance to those unable to come to our meals. Mail services, phone usage, and many intangible resources also support our guests. More information…

Thea Bowman Women’s Center

Thea’s is a day center providing a safe and secure place for women. It seeks to be a supportive caring presence among the poor, offering a place where the marginalized can experience a sense of acceptance and belonging. The women participate in support groups, activities that rebuild their spirits, and the general upkeep of the center. We offer showers, laundry, and meals during our hours of operation. More information…

Marie’s Closet (Clothing Distribution Center)

Marie’s Closet is run by the staff of St. Francis Inn in addition to a small cohort of dedicated, loyal and tireless volunteers. Each month, 300 to 400 changes of clothing are given to the guests of St. Francis Inn.  Through our voucher program, guests are allowed a shirt, pants, underwear and socks. More information…

St. Francis Urban Center

The Urban Center is our latest outreach ministry and was started in September 2006. The Center represents an expansion of St. Francis Inn Ministries’ work to include efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness and address structural injustices. The Urban Center provides social services to families and individuals who are dealing with issues related to poverty and/or homelessness. More information…

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If you live near Philadelphia and can help us with any of these items, please bring them to the Inn Monday to Thursday between 9 AM and 4 PM. We thank you!

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“We are Human”: A Short Video About Our Neighborhood and Our Guests

The youth from the Norris Square Neighborhood Project worked on a documentary this past summer on homelessness. The film features candid interviews with some of our guests who are experiencing homelessness. We want to thank the youth from NSNP for doing such a great job in this project!

Our Phone Numbers & Street Addresses

St. Francis Inn
(215) 423-5845

2441 Kensington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125

St. Francis Inn

St Francis Inn 2441 Kensington Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125

Marie’s Closet
(215) 634-1510

St. Francis Urban Center
(215) 925-4584

Thea Bowman Women’s Center
(215) 739-1137

2439 Kensington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Marie's Closet

Our Mailing Address

St. Francis Inn Ministries
PO Box 3746
Philadelphia PA 19125-0746

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