The Office of Campus Ministry at Saint Francis Preparatory School is proud to announce our Lenten tee-shirt sale and donation drive to benefit our brothers and sisters at St. Francis Secondary School in Lare, Kenya. This relationship is an important part of what makes SFP all that it is today. Through it, we are able to strengthen our Franciscan identity and be an active part of our international community.
The Franciscan Brothers of Galway, who sent two of their own to start St. Francis Prep in Brooklyn in 1858 is the same religious community that started St. Francis, Lare in 1980’s.
Lare is a small village and most of people who live there do so with very limited means. Through our support St. Francis Secondary has been able to purchase bicycles for students who live a considerable distance from school, new computer equipment, a photocopy machine and several desks and chairs. Finally, we have provided many students with scholarships, books, and meals. Like ours, their futures are much brighter with the blessing of a Franciscan education.
Over the last few years, our partnership with St. Francis Secondary School has evolved. In the beginning, we collected funds and sent what we could to Lare. Then, we began a Lenten tee-shirt drive for the students at SFP and allowed them to wear their shirts in lieu of the normal prep uniform shirt on Fridays throughout Lent. Last year, we commissioned shirts to be made by the St. Clare School in Lare, a technical school that is an offshoot of St. Francis Secondary. This gave students there an opportunity to practice their craft and make extra money simultaneously and to join us in wearing the shirts on Fridays during Lent.
This year we will accept donations to buy a student in Lare a desk or chair and we are opening tee-shirt sales up to the parent and alumni communities. We are excited about this opportunity to give, and recognize that it truly is “in giving that we receive”. Please consider purchasing a shirt for yourself and for an extra $5, donating one to one of our brothers or sisters in Kenya. Or, join us in our effort to provide all of the students at St. Francis Secondary with proper desks and chairs.
The shirt is available for order online and in-person!
IN PERSON: Tee-shirt purchased in the Office of Campus Ministry or the SFP Bookstore-$10
ONLINE: CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A Tee-shirt online ($15 includes shipping.)
CLICK HERE TO DONATE $25 FOR ONE DESK OR CHAIR