On Sunday, August 9, FrancisCorps had the immense blessing of commissioning its 22nd group of volunteers at Assumption Church in Syracuse. FrancisCorps is a volunteer service experience for recent college graduates, who live in community and serve those in need in Syracuse. This volunteer experience is a ministry of the Franciscan Friars Conventual and expresses the friars’ desire to form young lay leaders who will be imbued with the values of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. (Photo courtesy Johanna Cajina)

Antonia Ambrose
Hometown: Utica, New York
Studies: University of Notre Dame
Service site: Downtown Cathedral Emergency and Hospitality Services

Phoebe Lay
Hometown: Beaumont, Texas
Studies: The University of Texas at Austin
Service site: Northside CYO Refugee Resettlement

Elena Northuis
Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Studies: Hope College
Service site: Northside CYO Youth Program
Katie Rauch
Hometown: Lowell, Ohio
Studies: Miami University (Ohio)
Service site: Assumption Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen

Natalie Smith

Hometown: Bellingham, Washington
Studies: University of Portland
Service site: Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter

Laura Youngblood
Hometown: Metairie, Louisiana
Studies: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Service site: Francis House

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