Works of Mercy


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"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy."

Mission trips don't have to go far to find souls in desperate 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.

 

Corporal Works of Mercy:

  1. Feed the hungry.
  2. Give drink to the thirsty.
  3. Clothe the naked.
  4. Shelter the homeless.
  5. Comfort the imprisoned.
  6. Visit the sick.
  7. Bury the dead.
 

Spiritual Works of Mercy:

  1. Instruct the ignorant.
  2. Counsel the doubtful.
  3. Admonish sinners.
  4. Bear wrongs with patience.
  5. Forgive offenses willingly.
  6. Comfort the afflicted.
  7. Pray for the living and the dead.
 

 

Contact Us

For information or to get involved with any of the Works of Mercy, Email us at worksofmercy@franciscan.edu


Works of Mercy Leadership

  •  Rhett Young, director  
  • David Belkowski, student coordinator  

"Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink, see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When were you ill or in prison, and we visit you?" And the king will say to them in reply, "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:31-40)  

 

Works of Mercy Service Outreaches

 

 

To Take Part in Works of Mercy

To participate in any of these outreaches, meet the group in Rosary Circle at the time indicated to travel to the location. Transportation is via University vehicles. 

 For More Information

To get more information or get involved with Works of Mercy send an email to: worksofmercy@franciscan.edu.

 

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.


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.  


Hangout with The Homeless 

Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Volunteers visit & build relationships with the Steubenville homeless & marginalized through conversation, prayer and service at the downtown City Rescue Mission  


Mama Nita’s Coffee House

Monday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Students participate in praise & worship & Bible studies w/ the residents of the downtown area, run by Katie Gesto.


Samaritan House

Tuesday, 12:00 p.m.
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.-12:45 p.m.
Volunteers prepare and serve hot lunches to the local residents of Steubenville.  


Food Donation Connection - Sodexo

Dates and times vary. Contact leader for schedule.
This Work of Mercy seeks to feed the hungry of the local community by donating surplus food from Franciscan University's dining services to local shelters and distribution centers.  


 

Ministry to the Sick and Needy


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.  


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.  


 

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.


Boys and Girls Club

Monday, Wednesday, 3:45-5:30 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, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Students work closely with Dirty Vagabond Ministries to serve downtown at-risk teens.

Equip to Engage

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 pm
This ministry is focused on tutoring at-risk students in Math and English at a MLK center in the downtown area.


Music in Our Schools

Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:00 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.  


Youth Group & Children's Ministry - Urban Mission

Saturday, 5:30-8:30 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.  


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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