Franciscan Ministries

The Franciscan Church of the Assumption, through its Outreach Ministries, brings the Gospel message of peace, reconciliation and love to our neighbors on Syracuse’s Northside in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. Like many cities, Syracuse has growing number of residents who lack the most basic requirements to survive, such as food, clothing, medical care, and in many cases, simple compassion. In 1998, in response to worsening conditions, Syracuse’s then Bishop James Moynihan asked the Conventual Franciscan Friars to intensify their presence in the Syracuse Diocese in order to address some of its growing problems. The Friars, whose history in Syracuse dates back more than 150 years, responded by collaborating with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse.


The Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen provides families with food parcels each month to prevent hunger. On a daily basis we offer a sandwich program which provides a bagged lunch to anyone who walks through the door, no questions asked.


Poverello Health Center provides free health services to those in need who have no other alternatives or financial resources for medical care.


Franciscan Northside Ministries encompasses a wide range of services, legal counseling and community building efforts.


The Franciscan Place Chapel and Religious Gift Shoppe at Destiny USA is a chapel and spiritual sanctuary for quiet reflection, located in Syracuse's Destiny USA (and there is a religious shop), providing shoppers with a refuge from the mall's fast-paced commercial atmosphere, reflecting St. Francis' presence in the marketplace.