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What’s YOUR story?

  “Each one of us has a story; a story of grace, a story of sin, a story of journey, many things. And it’s good to pray with our story.” Pope Francis, October 7, 2014 With these words, Pope Francis shared the essence of what it means to be Franciscan – the spirit that animates […]

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That’s a wrap! CSA Project ends 2nd Year

By Jennifer Lehman Development and Communications Coordinator Every Thursday afternoon, the bell rings at the Mace Street doorway. With reusable grocery bags in hand, Garry Oldham enters the Franciscan Center and walks over to the Emergency Food Pantry where he receives a large share of locally grown, fresh produce. “With the prices today of food, it’s almost […]

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A Night to Remember

3rd Annual Voices From The Heart Gala celebrates Franciscan spirit in action with Hands, Hearts and VoicesBy Meg Ducey Director of Development and Marketing The ballroom at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center on North Charles Street literally sparkled on Saturday, September 20, 2014, as the Franciscan Center hosted our 3rd Annual Voices from the Heart […]

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Turning a painful past into a bright future

Walking into the Franciscan Center, Magdalene Forrester exudes positivity through her bright smile and warm demeanor. She hasn’t always been that way — Magdalene will be the first to point out — having overcome many struggles in her life including an abusive relationship, drug use, homelessness, and depression. However, without surviving the hard times, Magdalene […]

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A Franciscan Center love story!

When Rob and Laura Armstrong met in 2011, Rob was already volunteering every Tuesday evening at the Franciscan Center with a group of friends we call our “Veggie Choppers.” Rob introduced Laura to the Franciscan Center, and before long they had established a standing Tuesday evening date – chopping and preparing vegetables at the Center […]

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Giving back to the community in unique ways

Small gifts can have a BIG impact. We are blessed to have so many generous donors in our Franciscan Center community — many of whom give what they can to help another in need.Without the support of our friends like you, folks like John Mueller would not receive vital services from the Franciscan Center. Now, […]

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Center’s positive impact felt years later

It’s been well over a decade since Betty Wright and her family came to the Franciscan Center for help, but she remembers the day like it was yesterday. “It was a Wednesday,” she said. Having been down on their luck, Betty and her husband visited the Franciscan Center in November 2001 for assistance with their […]

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Expanding into New Year

From serving dinner on Wednesday nights to offering GED classes, the Franciscan Center launched many new programs in 2013 that broadened our reach to city residents in need. While expansion is not a novel term at the Franciscan Center, our outreach has certainly set a positive direction for the year ahead. “I am very excited for […]

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A legacy of love – Remember Sr. Irene

Sr. Irene Marshiano OSF, Founding Director of the Franciscan Center, passed away on Oct. 31, 2013 following a long illness. Sr. Irene opened the Franciscan Center’s doors in September, 1968, at a time when poverty and civil unrest in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left hope in short supply […]

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A night to remember

Friends of the Franciscan Center gathered at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Baltimore on Sept. 28 for the 2nd Annual Voices from the Heart Gala — a celebration of the people who built and supported the Franciscan Center over the past 45 years as well as those whom the Center has served. The magical […]

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