Works of Mercy | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Works of Mercy

    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.


    Works of Mercy Service Outreaches

    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, 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

    Hospital Ministry - Wheeling

    Sunday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    Volunteers visit patients at Wheeling Hospital each week, spending time talking, listening, and praying for them.  

    Martha's Manor

    Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

    Sienna Woods

    Friday, 3:00-4:45 p.m.


    Ministry to the Poor

    Homeless Ministry - Pittsburgh

    Thursday, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
    Students bring the love of Jesus Christ to the needy and homeless people through conversations and meals.  


    LAMP Ministries

    Second and Fourth Saturday of every month from 8:30-2:00 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.  


    Samaritan House

    Tuesday, 12:45 p.m.
    Students join in praise & worship & Bible study with local downtown residents run by the T.O.R. sisters.  


    Street Evangelization

    Friday, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
    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.


    Unity Kitchen - Urban Mission

    Mon, Tues, Wed: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Volunteers prepare and serve hot lunches to the local residents of Steubenville.  


    Ministry to the Sick and Needy

    Men’s Mission House

    Sunday, 1:00-4:00 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.

    Ministry to the Mentally Challenged

    Sunday, 11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m.
    Volunteers devote time building relationships, playing games and praying for the residents at several group homes in downtown Steubenville.  

    Prison Ministry

    Tuesdays, 12:15 -4:15 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.


    Ministry to the Youth

    Abortion Clinic Outreach

    Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 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.  

    Weirton Christian Center

    Monday, Wednesday, 3:45-5:15 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.  

    Dirty Vagabond Ministries

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


    Equipped to Engage Pro-Life Apologetics

    Sunday, 1:00-2:15 p.m
    Training program focused on engaging students on college campus and dialoguing about life issues and presenting compelling cultural questions & answers to promote the Catholic Church teaching & raise awareness.  


    Martin Luther King Ministry

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:00-5:00 p.m.
    This ministry is focused on tutoring at-risk students in Math and English at a MLK center in the downtown area.  


    Mission Rejoice - Urban Mission

    Saturday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
    This ministry strives to draw the underprivileged youth of Steubenville closer to Christ by offering a fun and supportive environment in which the love of Christ and his Gospel are shared.

    Music in Our Schools

    Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-1:50 p.m. (Rosary Circle 12:55 pm)
    This is an opportunity to spread the joy of Christ to mentally disabled school children through music. Volunteers sing and motion with the children as the leader plays simple, but interactive, children’s music.  

    S.E.N.T. (Student Evangelization Network Teams)

    Weekends during the Fall & Spring
    Teams of students travel to local parishes throughout the semester to conduct retreats for high school students. Short dramas, testimonies, and other means are used to teach the youth.  

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