Early in St. Francis of Assisi’s conversion, the Lord spoke to him from the San Damiano cross saying, “Go, and repair my church.” At first, Francis thought this meant to build a church with actual brick and mortar. For Francis, God had something else in mind.

The reason for constructing churches is to help people, who do not have the means, to build a place where they can gather to worship God. For Catholics in remote geographic areas, a church is important for both spiritual and social life.

In partnership with many benefactors, Franciscan Missions has built more than 270 churches for the poor in: Burundi, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, Galapagos Islands, Albania, the Amazon Region, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Senegal. At the blessing of each church, people in these impoverished communities express joy and gratitude for the gift of a new worship space.

Dependent on country and location, the minimum cost to build a church is $50,000. Please consider making a gift today. Your donation will make a difference in the faith-filled lives of a community for many years to come.

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  • Church construction in Mbazi, Rwanda 2017
  • Church construction in Mbazi, Rwanda 2017 placement of roof. supports