with African American Families





SOLID GROUND is a Franciscan Ministry of evangelization and outreach to African American families. It is rooted in the belief that since we are created in Godís image we are called to faithful service to share Godís abundant life.  The message from Solid Ground Ministry to the Black Community is to choose life and reject all forms of violence.  Solid Ground Franciscan Ministry always seeks to root those it serves in dignity, faith, and strength.

Solid Ground views evangelization as an on-going ministry.  Therefore, the programs that are created continuously evolve as needs arise.  The main thrust is always to choose life and to reject anything, which opposes life.  Areas of rejection may include combating such things as hunger, poverty, drugs, homelessness, health crises like HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, racism, miseducation, damage to the environment, or armed conflict.

As Franciscans the Eucharist is at the heart of our mission at Solid Ground.  For we, who have encountered Christ in the Eucharist, are sent to bring others to meet the Lord.  This is accomplished by the love we experience in the Eucharist and the love that Jesus commands that we share with one another.

Above all, Solid Groundís mission is to uphold the sanctity of human life from conception to the natural end of life.  It exists to uphold the inherent dignity of the human person.




When the song of the angels is stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

When the Kings and princes are home,

When shepherds are back with their flock,

The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost

To heal the broken,

To feed the hungry

To release the prisoners,

To rebuild the nations,

To bring peace among all,

To make music in the heart.

  Howard Thurman Poet, Mystic, Philosopher and Black Theologian

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