Works of Mercy | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Works of Mercy

    Serve - Inspire - Evangelize

    Regular outreach to the needy in the local community

    "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy."

    Mission trips don't have to go far to find souls in need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Works of Mercy, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, enables students to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the hungry, sick, imprisoned, homeless, and strangers right here in the Ohio Valley and nearby Pittsburgh.

    In prayer and various community services and projects, students involved in the Works of Mercy commit themselves to serve the poor, neglected, and the needy near to home. Through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, students actively participate in caring for those in need. The Church teaches us to be merciful through the works of mercy.


    Works of Mercy Service Outreaches

    Nursing Home Ministry

    Each week students offer their services to the residents of nursing facilities. They spend time listening, sharing, praying, and developing personal relationships with the residents. Many seasonal activities are planned throughout the year.

    Carriage Inn

    Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    Catherine's Care

    Wednesday, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

    Wheeling Hospital Continuous Care

    Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  

    Martha's Manor

    Sunday, 2:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    Sienna Woods

    Monday, 3:15- 5:15 p.m.


    Ministry to the Poor and Needy


    AIM Pregnancy Center

    Volunteers support prayerfully and materially pregnant women in the local community.


    Friendship Room

    Wednesday, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Volunteers help the owners of this relational shelter with odd jobs, and spend time with those who come for aid.


    LAMP Ministries

    Second and Fourth Saturday of every month from 8:45 - 12:00 p.m.
    Meet at LAMP ministry at Holy Name Cathedral in downtown Steubenville with Franciscan sisters TOR to bring the joy of the gospel to those whom you encounter. 


    Homeless Ministry - Pittsburgh

    Thursday, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Students bring the love of Jesus Christ to the needy and homeless people through conversations and meals.   


    Men’s Mission House & Street Evangelization

    Sunday, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

    Men from the Labelle Mission house will be working with the needy around the area. Praying the rosary for all the intentions of our city and sharing the Joy of the Gospel with all those they meet.

    Spread the joy of the Gospel in downtown Steubenville with those less fortunate through various avenues of reaching out, forming relationships, and praying with them. 


    Ministry to the Mentally Challenged - Franklin Group Home

    Sunday, 12:50 - 2:00 p.m.
    Volunteers devote time building relationships, playing games and praying for the residents at a group home in downtown Steubenville.   


    Prison Ministry

    Tuesdays, 12:20 - 4:20 p.m.
    Volunteers go to a male medium security prison in St. Claresville, Ohio, where they share their Catholic faith through visiting and talking with inmates and going to Mass with them.


    Samaritan House

    Thursday, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Students join in praise & worship & Bible study with local downtown residents run by the T.O.R. sisters.  


    Unity Kitchen - Urban Mission

    Mon, Tues, Wed, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Volunteers prepare and serve hot lunches to the local residents of Steubenville.  



    Ministry to the Youth and Family


    Dead Theologians Society

    3rd Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
    Volunteers share about the lives of the Saints with local teens at St. Peter Church (downtown), encouraging them to live saintly lives. 


    Dirty Vagabond Ministries

    Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

    Students work closely with Dirty Vagabond Ministries to serve downtown at-risk teens. 


    Martin Luther King Tutoring

    Wednesday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    This ministry is focused on tutoring at-risk students in Math and English at a MLK center in the downtown area.   


    Weirton Christian Center

    Wednesday, 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.
    Students work with at-risk youth at a community center in Weirton. Relationships are formed by spending time with youth - assisting them with their homework and engaging them in group activities.   

    S.E.N.T. (Student Evangelization Network Teams)

    Weekends during the Fall & Spring
    Teams of students travel to local parishes throughout the semester to conduct retreats for high school students. Short dramas, testimonies, and other means are used to teach the youth.  

    *Link to SENT page*


    Students for Life

    1st/3rd Saturday 7:00 - 11:00 a.m. ; 2nd / 4th Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    This outreach offers student the opportunity to go to the Pittsburgh abortion clinics and peacefully pray for an end to abortion and for conversion of hearts as they witness to a culture of life. Alternatively, students educate others on Pro-Life Apologetics.  


    Students Serving Moms

    As needed based on family needs

    We are a group of student volunteers who seek to serve local families by helping out with childcare and around the home by providing help for three hours each week. In exchange, student helpers find a "home away from home", are able to do laundry for free, and enjoy a meal off campus. Students Serving Moms was formerly known as Ministry to Moms. 

    "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (Matthew 15:12)
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