Paddling Poor Fr. Matt TOR

Fr Matt Service for Poor

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Please consider furthering our downtown ministry among the poor. Fr. Matt will once more be fundraising for us and we need your support.



Service for the Poor Franciscan


Fr. Matt will volunteer over 28 hours June 19-22nd  in downtown Steubenville, ministering to those in need alongside our sisters. This service for the poor marks his fourth year of giving to our community. He had biked 250 miles for our 25th anniversary, hiked 26 miles for our 26th, paddled 27 miles for our 27th, and now will forgo the sports in order to serve the poor at the store in honor of our 28th anniversary. He will work among the poor at Samaritan House, the Diocese of Steubenville’s thrift store and emergency food bank.

Our goal is to raise $500 for each of Fr. Matt’s 28 hours of service: around $14,000. Please help to make Fr. Matt’s last year of fundraising for us successful so we can continue to serve among the poor.

He will serve at Samaritan House with our sisters from our downtown mission house, Heart of Mary. They coordinate ministry at Samaritan House.

This past year, 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

Samaritan House is a place where we can serve the human and spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters. The sisters who staff that service, though, need your help.

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Support Service for the Poor


Fr. Matt and our sisters are privileged to serve among the poor, but have little monetary means for this ministry, having taken a vow of poverty themselves. And with five hours a day or more spent in prayer, our sisters cannot bring in a full-time income.

Please support Fr. Matt’s efforts to fund these sisters working for the poor. Please donate.

What can you do?

If you would like to volunteer, call Samaritan House at 740-282-0563!


Service for the Poor Franciscan


Please help us meet our goal of $14,000. Please make Fr. Matt’s last year of helping us fundraise successful so our sisters can continue to give their lives in service among the poor.

Thank you for your support, for your prayers, and for enabling us to serve the poor.



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