Alvernia University Mission and Ministry The Office of Mission & Ministry at Alvernia University provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to respond to God’s call by engaging in a community of faith, pursuing a life of service, and advancing peace and social justice initiatives in our community and in the world. While rooted in the spirituality of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Roman Catholic Church, the Office of Campus Ministry recognizes the Christian call for inclusiveness and welcomes persons of all faith backgrounds, encouraging a spirit of ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue. We do this by sponsoring activities in the area of 5 pillars: Catholic Ministry, Ecumenical & Interfaith, Ministry, Peace & Social Justice, Alternative Breaks, Spiritual Life
The Bonaventure University Franciscan Center for Social Concerns aids members of the local community who are in need or who suffer from some form of injustice and join in regional efforts to address social and environmental concerns. They help foster a consciousness that focuses on the human and spiritual needs of all people, that evokes compassion for those in need, and that instills in people a greater sense of responsibility and an urgency to right wrongs. They help bring about structural changes that lead to a more just society and church and stand with those struggling to reclaim their dignity or rights. The Bonaventure University Franciscan Center for Social Concerns takes public stands on matters of justice and peace.
The Holy Name Province Vocation Office assists men discerning God’s calling in their lives, particularly to consecrated religious life as a Franciscan Friar with Holy Name Province. Holy Name Province is an evangelical and missionary fraternity called to minister in the Eastern United States and abroad. Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, they are disciples of Christ who seek to bring the Gospel into the everyday experience of all people through Franciscan witness, popular preaching, teaching, and pastoral leadership. They foster Christian discipleship by collaborating with those whom serve and by standing in solidarity with all people, especially the alienated, the immigrant, and the poor.
The Siena College Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy promotes and upholds the Franciscan mission of the college by engaging students and the Siena community in various service and advocacy programs, particularly among the poor and marginalized. FCSA offers extensive volunteer and advocacy opportunities with various agencies and organizations in the Capital Region which allow the Siena community to discover, experience, and respond to the needs in the local community and to be agents of change and advocates of justice.
St. Mary’s Parish is a unique Christian Community rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan traditions. Here religious and laity strive to be equal partners in ministry. We seek to live and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. We welcome, celebrate and nourish one another through outreach, evangelization and joy-filled worship.
ST. PETER CLAVER CATHOLIC CHURCH MISSION STATEMENT: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church is a multicultural parish graced with the gift of God’s presence. Together as church we form the community where no one just adds up to the number but everyone is important because we cherish the potency and gift of everyone. It is our desire to constantly nourish our faith in the soil of God’s Word and at the table of the Eucharist, to be a credible witness of God’s presence in the world and each other’s companion on our journey of faith.
The University of St. Francis, Office for Service and Social Action was established in 2010 to meet the community needs of the most vulnerable. They acknowledge that although many people do not experience social justice issues such as hunger, homelessness, poverty, or illiteracy, these issues continue to affect the lives of a great many in the global community. Through service, God calls them to work for the common good in the world in which we live. They serve the University of Saint Francis community, and the community in which they live by. They provide students, faculty and staff with service opportunities that meet identified community needs, establish and nurture reciprocal partnerships with community agencies and organizations and consult with and providing training for faculty regarding service learning and developing service learning courses.