Mission & Vision


Assumption Church is a Roman Catholic community in the Franciscan tradition. The Franciscan Friars Conventual of Our Lady of the Angels Province together with Franciscan Sisters, lay Franciscans, parishioners and volunteers work together to build a community of faith which is active in service to Syracuse’s Northside community. Assumption Church and its outreach ministries, brings the Gospel message of peace, reconciliation and love to our neighbors on Syracuse’s Northside in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi.

The Franciscan Friars Conventual and Assumption Church respectfully acknowledge and celebrate the traditional owners of the lands throughout Central New York and pay their respect to the members of the Onandaga Nation and Haudenosaunee Confederacy of past, present and future generations.

A revitalized presence

Like many cities, Syracuse has a growing number of residents who lack hope and meaning as well as the most basic requirements to survive, such as food, clothing, medical care, and in many cases, simple compassion. In 1998, in response to worsening conditions, Syracuse’s then Bishop James Moynihan asked the Franciscan Friars Conventual to intensify their presence in the Syracuse Diocese in order to address some of its growing problems. The Friars, whose history in Syracuse dates back more than 150 years, responded by collaborating with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse.

Our approach

The Spirituality of the Franciscans is one that focuses on humility, on community building, on direct service to the poor and places a priority on relationship over structure. This is characterized by a joyful, down-to-earth and inclusive spirit which welcomes everyone. From the devout parishioner, to struggling Catholics and to those who are seeking for meaning in their lives; all have a place with us. We wish to emphasize our hospitality towards people from all walks of life; to visible minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and to refugees and immigrants.