Breaking the cycle of poverty... One child at a time

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We are Franciscan Works

Franciscan Works is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for the poorest of poor children in developing countries through education rooted in Gospel values in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. 

We develop the individual potential of children living in poverty so that they can live as God intended, making full use of their talents and abilities for the common benefit, in communion with God, nature and all humankind.

Franciscan Works currently supports Liberia Mission, Inc.  Located in West Africa, Liberia Mission is a community of love, learning, work and prayer, providing education, life-skills, faith-formation and opportunity to 400 children and youth.

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you're doing the impossible."
    - St. Francis of Assisi


Fr. Don Halpin on the Radio!

click below to listen to this quick, but fascinating interview with Franciscan Media about Fr. Don's experience working with Liberia Mission



Don't Give Up for Lent!

Instead of giving up something up for Lent, consider giving to the children of Liberia. As we enter the Lenten Season, we reflect on the wonderful successes of last year: 

  • The much improved student grade performance.
  • A wonderful increase in the amount of people entering our sponsorship "Community of Love".
  • Your continued and increasing support.  We could not have done any of it without your help!

Liberia is a country in continual need, but you helped close our budget gap this Christmas season.  The additional funds were used to improve programs we had not been able to fund.  Joe Sehnert, our Liberian Director, works 16 hour days to ensure that we are always improving.   We asked Joe to provide a Wish List of costly, but vital items not currently budgeted.  Joe responded with the following list:

Joe's Wish List FINAL

Please consider giving a partial or full donation toward one of these items.  Specify to which item(s) you are directing your generous donation in the "Comments & Other Instructions" section.  


The 400 children to whom you provide a brighter future, all thank you so very much!