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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.

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Volunteers to build with the Casa Habitat for Humanity Ministry.  We are scheduled to help with construction on Saturday, October 14.  We need 10 to 15 Casa Community members to be part of this life-changing opportunity.  The house we are helping to build is in Tempe. To find out more, visit us in the Hospitality area November 4 & 5, or email us, anytime, at thecasahabitat@thecasa.org.   More details can be found at the FIA/Habitat webpage and on our flyer.

 

Socks for our “Trick or Treat Warm Their Feet” sock drive on October  21 and 22.  Look for bins on our campus and drop off socks for Andre House. If you are interested in in helping with the collection on that weekend, please sign-up at the front desk.

 

Movie goers– for our Creation Connection Movie Night: Ecological Movies to Inspire Conversation and Action. Join us Friday night, October 27 at 6 p.m. Fee: $10 includes light dinner. Pre-registration is required.

 

Volunteers to help us “grow” the community of sellers of our Cafe Justo fair trade, organic, shade grown coffee.  Do you enjoy our coffee?  Do you support fair trade?  Would you like to learn more?  Come to the  ALL Sellers meeting for the Casa Grounds for Solidarity Ministry on November 2 at 6:00 p.m.  Email us and let us know that you would like to attend/join this ministry: casagrounds@thecasa.org

 

Contact

Patti Sills-Trausch
Director of Faith in Action
480.948.7460, ext. 130, socialconcerns@thecasa.org

Bonnie Wasniewski
Program Coordinator
480.948.7460, ext. 155, bonnie@thecasa.org

Laura Libertore
Coordinator of Ministry Development
480.948.7460, ext. 156, laura@thecasa.org

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:

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.

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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.

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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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Faith in Action Events at the Casa View Calendar

  • Join us for Mass

    Saturday at 5:00 pm
    Sunday at 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11:00 am & 7:00 pm
    Weekdays at 7:00 am

  • Featured Videos

  • Daily Mass

    Monday – Saturday at 7:00 am

  • Location

    5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale AZ 85253
    480.948.7460

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  • What We Do

    Join us for a one-hour overview of the mission and vision of the Franciscan Renewal Center to personally experience the good work first hand.

    1st Thursdays at 11:00 am
    3rd Thursdays at 6:00 pm

    Register here.

  • Where to Start

    More than 300 opportunities for spiritual and intellectual growth outside of Mass exist at the Casa. Search our Calendar [link to RM Portal] and learn about program types below.

  • Upcoming Orientations

    Volunteer orientations currently are offered on an individual basis.

  • For Meeting Planners

    Informational Brochure [PDF]
    Meeting Kit [PDF]
    Overview for Guests [PDF]

  • Get Involved

    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!

  • Make an Appointment

    Call 480.948.7460, ext. 133
    Individual sessions by appointment are generally available mornings, afternoons and evenings, Monday through Friday. We kindly request 24-hour notice if you are unable to keep an appointment.