Franciscans Downtown

The Franciscan Friars, in consultation with the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, have opened Franciscans Downtown, 1000 Main St, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Franciscans Downtown provides an area for rest, reading, reflection and conversation. Books, magazines, DVDs and VHS tapes on various topics can be checked out.

Father Placid Stroik, who grew up in the Stevens Point area, came up with the idea after working for 20 years at Covenant House, a homeless center for youths in New york City run by Franciscans.


The following appeard in the Province's newsletter, NewsBriefs.

Assumption BVM Province, in consultation with the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse, recently started a unique venture in downtown Stevens Point.

Franciscans Downtown, 1000 Main Street, is in the former location of Andrew’s Limited, a men’s clothing store owned by Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson.

The location, which opened June 1, is designed to be a place of rest for people, and there is no charge to walk in. There are books, magazines, DVDs and VHS tapes that can be checked out. Eventually, the location will host guest speakers, musical performances, discussion groups and movie showings.

Father Placid Stroik, who grew up in the Stevens Point area, came up with the idea after working for 20 years at Covenant House, a homeless center for youths in New York City, run by the Franciscans.

“I wanted to have a place where people, no matter who they are or what they believe, can come and relax and talk to each other,” said Placid, 78 who has been a friar for 60 years. “The idea picked up a little steam, and when I was back here visiting family, we found out this place was available, and here we are.”

Placid said a handful of volunteers staff the location, and he is hoping to find additional workers as well as donations of books and movies. Eventually, he and other organizers will begin fundraising to support the location.

On November 2, 2014 from 1:00p to 5:00p Franciscans Downtown will hold short prayer services to remember our loved ones who have gone to God. Each service will include the mention of the names of those who have died and conclude with Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd...”. This is open to the general public. Light refreshments will be served.