A Ministry Founded in Healing,
Wrapped in Hope

For 75 years, Saint Francis has served as witness for the power of redemption to create wholeness from brokenness. As our founder, Fr. Bob said:

“The test of a man’s character and strength does not lie in what he has done but in what he has overcome.”

Fr. Mize founded the St. Francis Boys Homes to help boys lost in the criminal justice system redeem their self-worth and imagine lives of purpose.

Today, the services of Saint Francis Ministries may look very different from that first residential boys’ home. But the ideas that created the foundation of this organization stand strong: building self-worth, forgiveness and love, recovery and support for  building resilience and overcoming trauma, and, above all, supporting and helping families so they can stay together whenever possible.

Through a wide range of social, therapeutic, and residential services, Saint Francis supports the children and families most in need of healing and hope. We go where we are needed in the United States and in Central America.

Dedicated to the dignity and worth of every human person, Saint Francis will continue to serve wherever God calls us.

Join us in celebrating
75 years of changing lives.



In her heart, Kelsey suspected that this was not how people should live. She was afraid. She feared her actions would keep her in state custody indefinitely.

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“We are called to be a community together.”

—The Very Rev. Robert N. Smith, Dean, President, and CEO


A Message From Fr. Bobby

Each morning I am humbled by the notion that I serve as custodian of a vessel sanctified by the spirit – and sweat – of thousands who preceded me and with whom I continue to work alongside. Some, like Fr. Bob and my four other predecessors, are familiar at least in name. Many others are less well known. Some have been a part of Saint Francis for most of their adult lives. Others labored a while and then moved on. Each contributed a part of themselves to this ministry. They all have given, in portions great and small, healing and hope to persons in need of a lifeline. They have all supported and strengthened the dignity and worth of the human person.