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 example of Francis and Clare of Assisi, calls for a 50/50 focus on both community life and service. Volunteers are placed 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 have 6 retreat experiences a year. Service sites include and are not limited to: youth programs, hospice, health care, drop-in after school programs, refugee resettlement, teaching, social services (drop-in centers, soup pantry/kitchens, elderly, etc.), developmentally disabled adults, women's shelter, working with abandoned disabled children, seniors, single moms, at risk women and children, addictions centrer for men.
Service Area: 
The richly diverse and multicultural communities of Syracuse, New York and Alajuela, Costa Rica, Central America.
Service Length: 
One year, renewable, beginning in mid August and ending at the end of July.
FrancisCorps volunteers are single, mostly Catholic young adults with a commitment to service and faith-based community living, college degree or equivalent, interview, application, and physical examination. Proficiency in Spanish is a must for Costa Rican placement.
Financial Arrangement: 
Room and board, stipend, medical insurance, and assistance in transportation to and from work site. Volunteers benefit from relationships made with the local Franciscan community of Friars and Sisters as well as with local support families. (International volunteers are asked to assist with initial support to supplement housing and transportation costs.)
Living Arrangements: 
Volunteers live in small groups of between three and seven volunteers (usually around five or six) in houses provided by FrancisCorps. Commitment to Community building and process retreat activities are an essential components of the living arrangement and our program in general.
Program Size: 
We accept five to seven volunteers for our Syracuse program and four to five volunteers for our Costa Rica program.
August: Orientation & Training (in Syracuse, NY); Fall: Retreat Weekend; January: Re-Orientation Weekend; Lent: Retreat Weekend; Summer: Retreat Weekend; July: Transition Retreat Weekend (in Syracuse, NY).
Application Deadline: 
Apply early and get a decision early! Prior to our Early Application Deadline on February 1st, applications are reviewed when they arrive and we work to get you a decision shortly there after! Our General Application Deadline is March 31st and our Late Application Deadline is May 1st. After May 1st we will continue to accept applications if we have room in our communities. Please call us to verify. Please keep in mind, we are a small program, so the earlier your application arrives, the better.
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