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What will it take to end poverty? What does St. Francis’ legacy mean today? Do you know there has to be a better way, but don’t know where to begin? Start right here and find a new way to put your faith into action!

If you would like to volunteer in our Faith in Action ministry, click here.

All Casa volunteers must complete Safe Environment Training (SET).  For FIA information visit this page. To sign-in or set-up your account, visit Casa Safe Environment Training.



Participate: Opportunities /Events - Spring 2020

FIA June Prayer (to be uploaded)

Just Scripture Virtual Discussion on SATURDAY, June 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  ZOOM registration required: click hereALL details are found on the  Just Scripture web page.

Eat, Pray, Advocate: Act on Hunger NOW.  A Virtual Session with Speakers and Legislative Writing  When: Monday, June 22, 2020 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  During uncertainty people living in hunger and poverty are likely to suffer the most.  We are not powerless. Learn more/all details found on the Hunger Action Ministry page.  Register for the event here.



How you can volunteer/help with outside organizations [posted March 20, 2020] – Here

If you need assistance, the Casa “We’re in This Together” page includes a list of resources at the end of the page, including a PDF of additional Arizona resources  or visit the Casa resource page.

Patti Sills-Trausch
Director of Faith in Action
480.948.7460, ext. 130,

Laura Libertore
Coordinator of Ministry Development
480.948.7460, ext. 156,

What is “Faith in Action?”

Working for peace, working for justice.

At the Franciscan Renewal Center, “Faith in Action” means putting your passion to work for social justice and positive change in the world. Here, 16 different ministry teams await you — to tackle real societal needs across greater Phoenix and North America. We are the hands and feet of Christ and we are motivated by St. Francis’ revolutionary concept of what it means to embrace all of creation with love, not blame.

“If you want peace, work for justice.”

— Pope Paul VI

A mission of love, justice, freedom and peace that moves lives into the service of others is what we seek. We respond to this call to act by speaking out for others, walking in solidarity, organizing for justice and offering direct service to the most vulnerable among us.

Faith in Action Ministry Resources:

FIA Prayers:

  • FIA April prayer “We Act for Justice” –  PDF and Video.
  • FIA May Prayer –  PDF and Video.  “Our trust in Providence:  we pray as if all depends on God; we work as if all depends on us.”

Faith in Action Ministry:

Is founded on the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Read more about these seven themes on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)’s website.


Flows from the “Communities of Salt and Light” model

As a community of faith, we believe that we need to be, more than ever, a source of clear moral vision and effective action. In the words of the scripture (Mt. 5:13-16), we are called to be the “salt of the earth” and “light of the world.” The pursuit of justice and peace is an essential part of what makes us Catholic. Click here to read the document.


Embodies our Franciscan Values

1. Care of Creation

Franciscans acknowledge that all creation emanates from the goodness of God and exists as a “footprint” of God and are dedicated to the care of creation, seeing all creatures as brothers and sisters.

2. Dignity of the Human Person

Franciscans emphasize the dignity of the human person , created in God’s image, who achieves fulfillment in relation to God and in community.

3. Consistent Ethic of Life

Franciscans acknowledge that life is sacred and are dedicated to a consistent ethic of life.

4. Respect for the Poor and Vulnerable

As followers of the poor Christ and the Poor Little One of Assisi, Franciscans are witness to a genuine love and respect for the poor and vulnerable.

5. Peace and Reconciliation

Following Francis, who instructed his followers to be peacemakers, Franciscans are heralds of peace and reconciliation.

6. Justice

The Franciscan vision sees a genuine meeting of justice and charity. Franciscan morality is a relational morality that stresses the right relationship of justice.

7. Demand for Change and Conversion

The Franciscan vision is transformational, demanding change and conversion in its adherents, following the example of Saints Francis and Clare.

8. Agents of Change

Franciscans are called not only to change themselves but also to be agents of change in the larger community. This originates from the Church’s “Communities of Salt + Light” model. We believe that the Catholic community, more than ever, needs to be a source of clear moral vision and effective action. We are called to be “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” in the words of the Scriptures (Mt 5:13-16). The pursuit of justice is an essential part of what makes us Catholic.

As a believing community, our social mission begins in the Gospel’s call to conversion; to change our hearts and our lives; to follow in the path of charity, justice and peace.

“I have done what is mine to do. May Christ teach you what is yours.” – Francis of Assisi














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