A Simple House of Sts. Francis and Alphonsus

General Info
P.O. Box 31259
Washington, DC 20030
Phone: 202-678-5898
Program Contacts
Chelsea St. Peter
Volunteer Director
Goal of Program: 
At A Simple House, our missionaries befriend the poor and come to know them on a personal level. We strive to meet the spiritual and material needs of the lonely and outcast of the inner city in whom we can recognize the face of Jesus. Our missionaries are given the special opportunity to radically dedicate themselves to spiritual growth while living in community with others trying to do the same. A Simple House is a place to respond to the biblical call to give to the poor and follow Jesus. Our work is an experiment in Christianity. Missionaries do not just feed the poor. They eat with the poor. Missionaries do not visit poor neighborhoods. They live in poor neighborhoods. Missionaries do not talk to the poor from behind a desk. They visit the poor in their living rooms and homeless camps. The core of the ministry is love and friendship. Missionaries build real friendships with the poor. There is no official handbook or recipe for serving the poor. Each person is met, listened to, and loved. Missionaries accompany the poor through their problems and plans without reading their own agendas into the lives of the poor. The goal is to make the work of the poor easier and more successful. The Good News will be brought to the poorest of the poor. We want to help move people closer to Christ.
Type of Placement: 
Service Area: 
Washington, DC, and Kansas City, MO.
Service Length: 
The initial commitment is 10 months.
Volunteers must be practicing Catholics who have a sincere desire to minister to the poor through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Volunteers live a simple lifestyle in community without internet or television. Volunteers attend daily Mass and pray morning and evening prayer from Liturgy of the Hours. Volunteers are challenged to grow in holiness and continue to pursue a deeper personal faith.
Financial Arrangement: 
Room and board, monthly stipend, loan assistance, health insurance and community vehicles provided and/or ability to bring your own vehicle.
Living Arrangements: 
Missionaries live in community houses in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. and a duplex in Kansas City, MO.
Program Size: 
Two weeks of introductory training at the beginning of August followed by weekly strategy meetings with local director, weekly intellectual reading and discussion, and monthly one-on-one meetings with local director. Missionaries participate in a silent retreat in February.
Application Deadline: 
We accept applications on a rolling basis.
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