Harvest for Hope

Franciscan Works is hosting a Harvest for Hope Octoberfest celebration to raise money for the students at Liberia Mission and we need your help! If you live in the Chicagoland area, please join us on October 22 at the Ukrainian Cultural Center at 6pm for an evening celebrating Liberia Mission. You will get to meet…

School is Back!

St. Anthony de Padua opened its doors last week to 448 students. Our enrollment continues to grow as the community hears of St. Anthony de Padua and more students come to our gates! To get a feel of how the first week went, enjoy these updates from Alpha Roland, the Associate Director of Liberia Mission. The…

Summer Newsletter 2016

Happy Summer to All! The Franciscan Works + Liberia Mission Newsletter is out for Summer 2016. Mobile Friendly Newsletter Desktop Friendly Newsletter Enjoy!

Did You Know?

We love working in Liberia despite the deep challenges it presents. Learn more about where we work through these quick facts. 10 Facts About Liberia: Founding: Liberia means “Land of the Free” and was founded by former slaves from the United States in 1847. 2. History: A 14 year civil war destroyed the nation’s infrastructure…

Remembering Mary Ann

One year ago, Mary Ann O’Driscoll, our 24 year old director, was killed in a hit and run car accident. We remember her with both sadness and honor for the incredible woman she was. Mary Ann O’Driscoll was a bold leader at Liberia Mission and quite possibly a saint in our midst.  Her laughter alone…

3 Reasons to Love the Little Piggies

1.) They are fantastic teachers.  Our piggery teaches students animal husbandry skills and marketing skills. These skills are key to finding employment later. In a depressed economy, practical trade skills are key to our students’ future success. Student workers also receive a salary which affords them the opportunity to learn budgeting skills and invest in the local economy. 2.)…

Working for the Future

The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work. -Thomas A. Edison At Liberia Mission, our desire is to equip students with the skills necessary to thrive in their community after they complete their studies. This means not only do we invest…

The Piggery

“We are proud of the team’s work and look forward to providing high quality meat at competitive prices while learning the business of agriculture.”  – Piggery Project’s Team Leaders Our goal at Liberia Mission is to offer children the education, faith and practical skills necessary to thrive as community leaders. Integral to the education of our…

A New Season

  “For everything there is a season.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 Here in Chicago, the staff of Franciscan Works feels the whim of the weather everyday. From teasingly warm sunny days to cold, wet, dark ones, there is as much variety in the climate as potholes in the Chicago streets. As the days here continually present themselves…

The End of El Camino

“Alleluia!” -The Smithwicks The Smithwicks arrived at Santiago de Compostela after 300 miles of travel! Through days of rain and hard physical labor, they embodied openness to reflection and formation. In that posture, time and time again Bob shared how grateful he was for the abundance in his life. He experienced a renewed sense gratitude despite the…

Sunny Endings

Bob and Helen are nearing the end of their long trek. Continue reading to learn about their time in Galicia: With less than a week of walking through “sunny Galicia” left on our pilgrimage, Helen and I feel that the wind is at our back and the Camino is mainly downhill. We continue to meet good…

A Sunny Celebration: 200 Miles Walked!

From the Smithwicks on El Camino de Santiago: “Two days of sunshine at last, but heavy rain is predicted tomorrow!  We are staying close to Vega de Valcarce tonight and on our way to O’Cebriero in Galicia; really the final stage! We made it over the 200 mile mark today!”