St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony of Padua showed us a powerful way to serve God: by helping those in need. As Capuchin Franciscans, we are ever mindful of this holy mission, to which we are called by our devotion to Our Lord Jesus Christ. In this spirit and tradition of St. Francis and of St. Anthony, our Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries brings hope and real-world aid to very poor families both here in our own backyard, and in rural Kentucky, where the need is chronic and severe.
A donation, a simple gesture helps alleviate suffering and improves the lives of so many, not only our brothers and sisters living in extreme hardship in New York and in Harlan County, KY, but also those participating in the mission of service. This experience proved an impetus for many involved in CYFM outreach programs to make service to the needy an integral part of their lives: And they continue to transform our world.
This year, CYFM is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Capuchin Appalachian Mission and we humbly invite you to join us as a vital part of this communal endeavor. Come along with us as a Companion in Service through your prayers and financial support. Without your support, this Mission and the good work that these outreach programs engender would not be possible. The Mission has come a long way and improved many, many lives over 25 years. During this Jubilee Year of Mercy our Mission takes on special significance as we engage in: the Corporal (feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick) and Spiritual (counseling the doubtful, comforting the sorrowful, praying for the living and the dead) works of Mercy. The Capuchin Appalachian Mission holds these works of Mercy at its very core. Pope Francis reminded the Jubilee Audience in January 2016 of Pope Saint John Paul II’s words, “…the mercy we receive from the Father is not given solely for our benefit, but for the good of all, by transforming us into instruments, missionaries of mercy. By being such missionaries, we come to experience more deeply the gift of mercy in our own lives.”
These words come to life when you learn the impact these outreach programs have on the participants:
“The Capuchin Appalachian Mission really helped me grow … I am inspired to bring the Mission and CYFM home with me. I really want this mission to last throughout the year and not just for 9 days in July. This was only the beginning.” – Elizabeth
“The Appalachian Mission is a constant reminder of what it means to be a child of God; I feel graced to have been able to experience it. The call to serve and the answer thereto feels much stronger in my life because of it.” – Sean
“I found a sense of purpose in my life during Capuchin Outreach Program and fell in love with my faith.” – Kaitlyn
In the Year of Mercy we invite you to join us, to enter into mercy and again become a part of the wonderful community of CYFM by making a donation. As we count down to our departure date for the Appalachian Mission, we urgently need to secure resources to fund this and our other outreach programs. Your altruistic donation can move mountains as high as the Appalachians themselves. Just $50.00 will help our Outreach Ministry provide for two families, $100 will buy plywood to make dearly needed repairs to families’ homes, and $750 will give a family a roof that doesn’t leak – proudly constructed and installed by our intrepid missionaries.
Your selfless contribution in will make it possible for young people to grow in their love for the Church through service. Please consider joining us again as we celebrate 25 years of the Capuchin Appalachian Mission and share His word and love with those who need it most.