Saint Francis receives United Nations designation

June 2019 · Ministry News

SALINA – Saint Francis Ministries is one of 19 organizations designated in 2019 as a civil society organization partnering with the United Nations.

As one of the 1,519 civil society organizations, or CSOs, in the world associated with the Department of Global Communications, Saint Francis supports the sustainable development goals of the UN. In addition, the Salina, Kan.-based organization will be able to designate adult and youth representatives to attend events at the UN headquarters in New York City.

“We are honored to receive this important designation, both for the recognition of our international work and for the opportunity to make further progress in supporting the UN’s sustainable development goals,” said Angela Smith, Saint Francis vice president, International Ministries.

The 17 sustainable development goals, or SDGs, according to the UN, “recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.”

“Since our founding, Saint Francis has focused its mission on how community is made stronger,” Smith added. “We invest our efforts in building up communities because as the SDGs recognize, working on systems like education, foster care, adoption, health and economies leads to stronger families, stronger foundations for children, and that means the future of countries is stronger.”

The UN designation, said The Very Rev. Robert N. Smith, Saint Francis CEO, president and dean, takes the bold vision of Saint Francis to a new height, transforming lives and systems through its mission of healing and hope throughout the world.

“Working alongside the United Nations offers Saint Francis opportunities to engage on an international level in a new and more robust way,” The Very Rev. Robert N. Smith said. “We are excited to share our knowledge and to learn from others whose work aligns with ours so that we can continue to enrich our international programs and initiatives.”

The designation comes about because of the international work Saint Francis does, including serving children and families in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. The organization also has partnered with International Social Service-USA to strengthen cross-border social services with particular focus on children and families separated by voluntary or forced migration, adoption, abduction or human trafficking where Saint Francis works. (Learn more about Saint Francis international ministries here.)

To see the UN release about the designation: