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Franciscan Friars of the Atonement

About Us

The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement recognize the pain of living in a broken world. We see these wounds within ourselves, in our relationships, in our Church and even between different faiths. Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, Fr. Paul Wattson, SA, Servant of God, founded the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement to walk as brothers along side those who are lost and need God’s healing.

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The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, based in Garrison, New York, are committed to promoting reconciliation and unity among all people. Rooted in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, their mission emphasizes ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, healing ministries, and social justice.

Ministry Work
The friars engage in diverse ministries, including operating the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, St. Christopher’s Inn for addiction recovery, and the Holy Mountain Franciscan Retreat Center. They provide spiritual retreats, pastoral care, and advocate for justice and peace through various outreach programs.

Daily Life and Mission
Daily life for the friars includes communal prayers, such as the Liturgy of the Hours and daily Mass, fostering a deep spiritual connection. Their mission is characterized by acts of service, promoting unity, and healing. They balance their contemplative life with active ministry, ensuring their work is grounded in spiritual reflection.

Vision and Goals
The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement aim to foster spiritual growth, reconciliation, and social justice. Through their diverse ministries, they strive to transform lives and communities, promoting the values of the Gospel. Their dedication to prayer, community life, and service ensures they remain a vibrant source of inspiration and support, working towards a just and compassionate world.

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