A Simple House of Sts. Francis and Alphonsus

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. Missionaries do not just feed the poor. They eat with the poor. Missionaries do not visit poor neighborhoods. They live in poor neighborhoods. The core of the ministry is love and friendship. 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.

Program Size



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 Arrangements

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.


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.


Chelsea St. Peter


P.O. Box 31259
Washington, 20030
Phone: 202 678-5898


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