Franciscan Earth Corps is a newly formed national program of the Franciscan Action Network. It strives to engage young adults in Franciscan spirituality, to develop communities of service and to advocate for social and environmental justice.

There are 16 chapters throughout the nation. Sister Caryn Crook, ecology coordinator at Alverna Heights in Fayetteville, N.Y. serves as facilitator of the Syracuse, N.Y. chapter which meets twice a month. One meeting is focused on prayer, planning and growing in Franciscan spirituality. The second meeting is a service project. Within six months the ecumenical group has grown from four to 16 people. The group has participated in a weekend retreat, three service projects and four meetings. The energy in the group is wonderful and it continues to grow, both in number and in spirit.

Pictured above, Sister Caryn Crook plants a tree at Huntington Family Centers’ Stone Soup Garden. This was the group’s first service project last fall.