St. Francis School and Mission, Greenwood, Mississippi
The Assumption Province began an outreach to the poor of Greenwood, Mississippi in the early 1950s. This racially divided community has come to be more inclusive through the decades of work of the friars and most recently with the outstanding help of the Sisters of Charity from Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
The missions consists of St. Francis Parish and St. Francis School and three other parishes given to our care. The Sisters have made St. Francis School one of the most outstanding grade schools in the state of Mississippi.
“After an exhausting search they found a suitable location to set up a mission. The property consisted of 12.6 acres of land just outside the Greenwood city limits. It had two buildings, one of which was the Blue Moon, a once prominent Black nightclub. The property was bought for $22,000.
“Too much cannot be written about the wonderful generosity of some white folks in Greenwood. They donated money, landscaping, household appliances, and furniture to the mission without an appeal by the friars.”