Core Values

In all that we do and to all whom we serve, we affirm the dignity of all life; reach out in compassion, mercy and love to all God’s people; stand in solidarity with and in service to the poor, oppressed, and the vulnerable; engender a spirit of environmental stewardship in the care of all God’s creation, and strive to alleviate injustice in all its forms as we look to promote the common good.

Each of our ministries throughout North America upholds and affirms these five core values—hallmarks of our Franciscan culture and identity:

Respect for human dignity – exhibited by a reverence for and commitment to promoting and protecting the dignity of all persons;

Compassion – characterized by an empathetic consciousness toward others expressed in caring service;

Transformation – characterized by an open heart and mind, leading to continuous improvement of all involved in our ministry;

Solidarity with the Poor – ensuring that the needs of the poor and vulnerable are met through advocacy and action;

Justice and Peace – forging right relationships, recreating a sustainable environment, promoting the common good—all in the pursuit of peace.