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 center).

Service Area

Syracuse, New York

Service Length

One year, renewable. Beginning of August to end of July.

Program Size

Between three and seven volunteers (usually around five or six).


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 Arrangements

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.


August: Orientation & Training Retreat; Fall: Community Retreat Weekend; Winter: Service Retreat Weekend; Lent: Prayer Retreat Weekend; Spring: Assisi Pilgrimage; July: 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.

Start Date


Alexander LaPoint


P.O. Box 11166
Syracuse, NY 13218
Phone: 315 426-0481


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FrancisCorps is brought to you by the Franciscans! Friars, Sisters and Young Adult Franciscans working together.

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