FOSTERING AN ATMOSPHERE OF HOSPITALITY AND JUSTICE IN THE FRANCISCAN TRADITION
The Scriptures call us to welcome the stranger and to care in justice for those in need. “You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt.” Leviticus 19:34 ““Defend the lowly and fatherless; render justice to the afflicted and needy. Rescue the lowly and poor…” Psalm 82:3-4a “Be generous in offering hospitality.” Romans 12:13
St. Francis of Assisi chose to live as a poor man to care for the poor of his time. This included the sick and the lepers and those rejected by others.
In that spirit we provide Franciscan Hospitality to a variety of people.
–Those who live out of town and need a place to stay while they receive medical treatment locally.
–Those who are refugees and need a temporary place, especially families who are have permission to seek asylum and want help to get to family members or sponsors in the US.
–Those who are in imminent danger of deportation and are trying to keep their family together.
–Those who seek the assistance of a 12 step program to deal with addiction (Sundays at 4:00pm in the small conference room.)
–People who need a few days or even a few months in transition, usually when in contact with a social worker.
–Visits to two prisons each month to offer confessions, celebration of the Eucharist, and hope to the incarcerated who cannot travel to visit anywhere.
Often a warm welcome, a caring person to listen, with a nice meal and a room are very healing to people.
In this way we offer direct service to those in need. At the same time as we are working with groups to promote justice and to change systems that leave people vulnerable and poor, especially in conjunction with CAFé, the local community organizing group. HCRC also sponsored JustFaith training on the Biblical Response to poverty. Consider how you can promote justice, offer a form of hospitality yourself, or join with us in our Franciscan Hospitality!