“For it is in giving that we receive.”  -St. Francis of Assisi

As followers of St. Francis, St. Clare, and our Foundress Mother Clara Pfaender, we center our lives on the Franciscan tradition of reaching out to those on the margins of society. We continue this tradition meeting the needs of our time in collaboration with other organizations.

Through prayer, relationship-building and sharing of resources, we collaborate with organizations whose mission, values and priorities are similar to ours. We focus primarily on the following areas: care of creation; health and dental in underserved areas; refugees and immigrants; women and children in vulnerable situations. We are currently related to over 120 organizations.

Featured Organizations

Care of Creation


Eco Justice Center ~ Racine, WI

The Eco-Justice Center is a 501(c)(3) that takes care of 15 acres of land that includes a hayfield, forest, pond, and wetlands. The Center runs various programs for people from different ages such as: weeklong summer camps that allow youth to interact with the land and farm animals; a program which allows high school and college students to learn to grow, harvest, cook, and sell produce.

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Refugee & Immigrant


Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of Milwaukee ~ Milwaukee, WI

Founded in 1920, Catholic Charities-Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s mission is “to provide service to those in need, to advocate for justice and to call upon others to do the same.” Their priority is to serve people affected by poverty throughout the 10 counties of southeast Wisconsin. The agency has a large legal department that has developed a website to help refugees and immigrants negotiate through the legal system. Through the website and counseling, they are reaching thousands.

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Health & Dental


Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization (HALO) ~ Racine, WI

HALO provides safe shelter to those experiencing homelessness in Racine County, Wisconsin, and services that will lead them to housing stability. The agency offers not only shelter, but also supportive services and housing programs specific to a person’s needs.

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Women & Children


Glenwood Academy ~ Glenwood, IL

Set on 120 acres with significant green space, Glenwood Academy is a residential school providing a supportive learning community for challenged children. The school is in Glenwood, a south suburb of Chicago. It serves over 150 children ranging from ages 7 to 18. Their program provides the children with food and shelter; they also provide children and families with support for their healing, growth and academic success.

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Other Purposes


Pax Christi International

Pax Christi International is a faith-based global network promoting a comprehensive vision of peace which is rooted in the Gospel and includes a global framework of just structures and systems that promote the fullness of a dignified life for all people and their communities; unquestioned respect for basic human rights; and ecological sustainability. Since 2003 Pax Christi has helped the African Great Lakes countries of Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to address concerns such as civic education, disarmament, small arms trafficking, peacebuilding, and reconciliation efforts.

Since 2016, Pax Christi has been developing the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative which affirms the Gospel vision and practice of active non-violence at the heart of the Catholic Church for a Laudato Si future.

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