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The Profession of CARITAS For Children's Founder and President

The Profession of CARITAS For Children's Founder and President

Chris Profession 3After a 5-year period of both discernment and formation, the Franciscan Family welcomed Christopher T. Hoar (Chris) into the Franciscan Third Order, on October 19th, 2019. The Third Order (Secular) Franciscans are a community of over 350,000 clergy and laity with contemplative hearts that pursue justice, peace, and the loving care of creation. Through his profession, Chris has decided to grow further in the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, who recognized that lay men and women were still drawn to serve God with deeply committed hearts and lives.

Even 800 years after his death, many have chosen to follow the way of Saint Francis because he so closely mirrors the love of Christ and the living Gospel. Others have chosen to follow him because of his sincere love for the poor and the marginalized. What many forget is that Francis, like Jesus, zealously faced some of the toughest questions of his day, such as, How should one respond to the easily forgotten, marginalized, and disadvantaged people in the world?

SupportFor over two decades, Chris has actively grappled with this issue, and subsequently engineered a brilliant method to confront this growing challenge. In the United States, he owns a for-profit business that serves the transportation needs of commercial, non-profit, and religious organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. This business, Fleet Services, Inc., has provided him with the opportunity to create and acquire funding for a very "Franciscan" nonprofit organization, namely CARITAS for Children.

For the last 22 years, CARITAS for Children has built relationships between children from poor countries and adults with the desire and potential to sponsor them. Specifically, a sponsor provides financial assistance for a life-changing Catholic education, daily meals, clothing, and medical care of an orphaned or disadvantaged child. At the same time, the sponsor gains a global perspective, a new member to their family, and a unique spiritual insight into the enriching effects of true charity. Many have said that sponsoring a child with CARITAS has created a unique encounter with Christ. CARITAS for Children is about building relationships, encouraging charity and mercy, keeping consistent with the Franciscan mission to seek people in the margins and invite them into the love, peace, and joy of Christ.

Wow-1What makes CARITAS different than other child sponsorship programs is that our ministry services are made possible with the cooperation of Catholic Religious (i.e. Capuchin Franciscans) who are trusted to provide the on-location care and supplies to the children in need, including educational necessities, nutritious daily meals, clean water, counseling, religious instruction and more. As of today, CARITAS helps sponsor children in Poland, Nigeria, Uganda, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and coming soon, Belize.

20180429_130636The vision of CARITAS For Children is to create a worldwide community of sponsors, children and families, where relationships of compassion, trust, generosity and love foster the practice of true charity ‚ "living God's Love (caritas)." Our President hopes, prays, and works very hard to continue building these loving and relational bridges, to and from people from the poorest and richest countries.

If you would like to find out more about CARITAS for Children, you can visit the main website at