General Info
P.O. Box 11166
Syracuse, NY 13218
Phone: 315-426-0481
Program Contacts
Alexander J. LaPoint
Johanna Cajina
Associate Director
Friar Rick Riccioli, OFM Conv.
FrancisCorps is brought to you by the Franciscans! Friars, Sisters and Young Adult Franciscans working together.
Goal of Program: 
Gospel service to the poor and life in community as a way to share the vision of Francis and Clare of Assisi. FrancisCorps is a young adult volunteer service experience which has as its goal the famous saying attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi: "Preach the Gospel, if necessary use words!"
Type of Placement: 
The FrancisCorps experience, based on the examples of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, calls for a 50/50 focus on both community life and service. In regards to community life, volunteers live in a house where they form community with other volunteers. They share at least one meal a day, every day. They pray together every day. They meet as a house to reflect on their experience once a week. Once a week a friar, sister or secular Franciscan joins them for community night. They participate in 5 retreats throughout the year and journey on a pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy, in order to experience the Franciscan charism firsthand! In regards to service, all service site opportunities focus on providing volunteers direct interaction with those they serve and serve alongside in order to build relationships and understanding. The type of work at these service sites includes but is not limited to: youth mentorship, hospice care, health care, refugee resettlement, teaching, social services (emergency drop-in centers, soup kitchens, food pantries, homelessness, women's shelters, etc.), and assisting developmentally disabled adults.
Service Area: 
The vibrant and richly diverse but often forgotten community of Syracuse, New York.
Service Length: 
One year, renewable. Beginning of August to end of June.
FrancisCorps volunteers are single, mostly Catholic young adults with a commitment to service and openness to an experience of personal, professional and spiritual growth and development through community building, prayer and reflection. The application process includes the online application, letters of reference, and interview in order to receive a decision.
Financial Arrangement: 
While FrancisCorps volunteers live simply, we work hard to ensure all your needs are met. Housing, utilities, a community food budget, a personal stipend, medical insurance (if needed), and transportation to and from your work site are all provided. Volunteers are also provided each of the five retreats and the pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy free of cost.
Living Arrangements: 
Volunteers live in a small intentional Christian community in a simple but comfortable house provided by FrancisCorps. Each volunteer is provided their own bedroom and share two full bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, living room and prayer space with the other volunteers.
Program Size: 
Between three and seven volunteers (usually around five or six).
August: Orientation & Training Retreat; Fall: Community Retreat Weekend; Winter: Service Retreat Weekend; Lent: Prayer Retreat Weekend; Spring: Assisi Pilgrimage; June: Transition Retreat.
Application Deadline: 
Apply early and get a decision early! Prior to January 31, applications are reviewed as they arrive and we work to get you an interview and decision within two weeks of receiving your completed application. Our General Application Deadline is April 1. After that, we will continue to accept applications if we have room in our community.

Current Urgent Opportunities

Refugee Resettlement Worker

The Refugee Resettlement office is in daily contact with a diverse refugee population. The primary task of the volunteer is working with refugee to establish their foundation here in Syracuse through a program called Match Grant. Responsibilities include the Match Grant program, assisting in home, job and educational placements as well as life skill workshops. Apply now while spots are still available! For more information, please contact [email protected]

Outreach Worker for Downtown Emergency & Hospitality Services

The Outreach Worker assists at Catholic Charities’ Downtown Syracuse Cathedral Emergency & Hospitality Services assisting those in acute need of shelter, food or referral to appropriate social services. There is a food pantry that is operated out of this office as well as a point of contact for people wishing to donate furniture for those in need. This position would be of interest to any volunteer interested in serving the poor and especially those with an interest in social work, community organizing, health and nutrition. Apply now while spots are still available! For more information, please contact [email protected]

Support worker at Francis House (hospice home)

Francis House provides a home and an extended family to people with terminal illnesses so they can die with dignity and experience the unconditional love of God. The FrancisCorps volunteers at this site will have an opportunity to experience various aspects of working in an effective private non-profit agency. They will balance their time between direct contact with residents, supporting them according to their abilities, preferences and qualifications and also assisting in supporting the mission of Francis House by assisting with development, fundraising, volunteer coordination. The direct involvement with the residents may take the form of simply visiting and listening to their stories, assisting with the day-to-day care of the house or depending on the education the FC volunteer has it may also include assisting with care. Apply now while we still have spots available! For more information, please contact [email protected]
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