The Franciscan Family Apostolate was founded as response of the Secular Franciscan Order (S.F.O.) to the plight of the poor in the Third World. Following its founder, Saint Francis of Assisi, the poor Christ is found in the faces and lives of the poor and oppressed of the world. The Franciscan Family Apostolate’s mission is to encourage a witness to the Gospel life preached by Jesus – the care and concern for the stranger in need regardless of race, color, religion or country of origin.
In 1987 the Franciscan Family Apostolate became an independent 501(c)3 charity upon receipt of its tax exempt status from the IRS with the following stated goals:
- To alleviate poverty, provide financial support and assistance to needy individuals and families in the Third World through outreach programs and related activities;
- To develop and implement similar outreach programs in the United States;
- Lastly, to develop and implement educational programs in Third World countries and in the United States to provide occupational training.