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.
What are we called to do? As vibrant, spirit-filled Catholics, what is ours to do in the world?
Faith in Action Ministry:
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.
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