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Franciscan Sisters Heart of Mary

Sr. Katherine (front row, center) and fellow sisters at Heart of Mary mission house after Sr. Katherine’s graduation this May from Franciscan University with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She will use her degree to see to the spiritual and mental needs of our friends in downtown Steubenville.

We are so grateful for you!

A heart-felt THANK YOU to all 138 of you who so generously donated to our Service for the Poor fundraiser even though our dear friar, Fr. Matt, was not able to actually perform a task this time because of his injuries – and you gave anyway! We are so grateful that you all realize our need for financial assistance in order to keep our Heart of Mary downtown mission house open. Because of your kind response, we raised $13,412 – almost to our goal of $14,000. May our Lord reward you a hundredfold with blessings for your goodness to us. Because of your provision, we are able to live and work among our less fortunate brothers and sisters in our area. You remain in our daily prayers.

With heartfelt gratitude and prayers,
Sr. Joan Paule (new local sister servant of Heart of Mary mission house) and the HOM sisters

Serve alongside our sisters!

Fr. Matt could not volunteer for us, but we are hoping you can! If you are in the area, our Heart of Mary sisters are in need of help at Samaritan House and at their mission house with projects. We would be so grateful for any help, whether it be for an hour or a day, you or you and a friend could lend!

For more information, please call our Heart of Mary mission house at (740) 283-8909, or call the Samaritan House at (740) 282-8590 and ask to speak with a sister (the Samaritan house is closed on Wednesdays).

If you cannot give of your time, please consider joining in the mission of our Heart of Mary sisters by helping us reach our goal of $14,000. We greatly appreciate anything you are able to give! Each dollar helps us continue in our service.

Service for the Poor Franciscan


Update on Fr. Matt

Fr. Matt continues to improve; thank you to all who prayed for him, and please continue to pray. His knee is slowly recovering, and his shoulder is now about 75% better, praise God! May he be completely healed soon through the intercession of Lucia (of Fatima).

Samaritan House

This past year, the Samaritan House helped 60 families along with 60 individuals a month with clothing, and assisted 120 people a month with food–about 1,440 annual food and clothing assists in a city of around 18,000.

Besides seeing to physical needs, the sisters at Samaritan House attend to the needs of the spirit.

They offer a Bible study every day; RCIA class, praise and worship, and the Rosary once a week; the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3:00 p.m.; and Bible, Prayer and Share by Sr. Katherine once a week (which includes the 12 Steps and open group praying with scriptures that deepen our relationships with God and bring healing).

The primary objective in this ministry is loving people:

“We say that Samaritan House the thrift store is just a front to get people in the door so that we can love them and show them what a good relationship with each other is and what a good relationship with the Lord is.” ~Sr. Rita Clare


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