Our ministries were defined by our founder, Father Wilhelm Berger, as "works of neighborly love." They are carried out in Illinois, Indiana, California and Brazil. We serve in health care, education, parish ministry, diocesan ministry, retreat ministry, bodywork, and ministry among the poor. Here are additional ways we care for the poor:
- Franciscan Foundation: Through our Franciscan Foundation, our congregation helps support the work of non-profit organizations in the United States that reach out to the poor around the world through health, education and social services.
- Shelters/Food Pantries: Non-perishable food items can be placed at our chapel entrances year-round. The donations are then distributed to three area shelters/food pantries.
- Manteno Veterans Home: In November, donations are accepted at the Motherhouse and taken to the Veterans Home.
- Congregational donations are regularly made that serve the needs of the poor in our world.