Saint Francis Ministries is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization established in 2018 that serves the Deaf and disabled in Uganda through spiritual, linguistic, and academic empowerment in order to bring the Sacraments and a fuller understanding of Christ and His Holy Church to those in need.
To learn more about the history and foundation of Saint Francis Ministries you can read about both in this article by the Catholic News Agency
Meet Our Founder, Rannah:
In 2014, after an intense conversion and baptism into the Catholic Church God lead me to a Deaf School in Kampala, Uganda where I was to spend the next seven months.
My first day at school was also the first day of a student just two years younger than me who had never had a language. This hit me hard and left an impression that has never left me. The realization that she had never read or heard the Gospels or been told of God’s infinite love for her along with being isolated from family and society- unable to express emotion, thoughts, opinions, or fully pursue her dreams in life left me saddened with a heart yearning to help change those circumstances.
In this time of learning, growth, and the stretching of my heart, the director of the school took me to Northern Uganda. Before it was time for me to leave he told me, “I think God wants you here.”
In this time of learning, growth, and the stretching of my heart, the director of the school took me to Northern Uganda. Before it was time for me to leave he told me, “I think God wants you here.
Thank God he was right. In September 2016, Bishop Wanok of the Nebbi Diocese offered me a center to be used as a Deaf boarding school. In one day a distant dream of mine, which had seemed impossible, became reality.
I hope to lift, even if a little, the oppression placed upon the Deaf. I hope to see them pursuing their dreams in becoming farmers, teachers, business owners, and mothers and fathers. I hope to help guide our students on a path to holiness and Christ. Whatever it may be, may it all be for the Glory of God.
It starts with a language, it starts with an education, and it starts with just one child – and through Christ may it be accomplished.
– Rannah (Evetts) Libutti
OUR PATRON, SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES
In 1605, St. Francis was introduced to Martin, who was about 25 years old, and because of his deafness had never received any kind of education or instruction in the Catholic Faith. St. Francis, being deeply moved with compassion for Martin and having the realization that he would remain forever ignorant of God and the richness of the Faith, formed his own sign language and personally taught Martin about the Catholic Faith.
In 1606, Martin was able to receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time and two years later he was confirmed. Martin had a devout prayer life, examined his conscience every evening, regularly went to confession to St. Francis, and assisted him at Mass. Almost everyday after the death of St. Francis Martin would visit his grave, until he died.
“Be at Peace.
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.”
– St. Francis de Sales 1567-1622
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,.
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.