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Memorial Mass for Fr. Mark Schmieder

Saturday, December 14 at 5 p.m., we will celebrate our annual memorial Mass honoring Father Mark Schmieder, our beloved co-founder, who passed away on Christmas Eve, 2009. The Mass will be held at St. Francis Seraph Church (1615 Vine Street, Cincinnati 45202) at Liberty & Vine in Over-the-Rhine. All are welcome to attend.

SFSJ Annual Christmas Party

Immediately following the memorial Mass, we will hold our annual Christmas party at SFSJCWH located at 1437 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 on Saturday, December 14 at 6:00pm. All are welcome to attend. We will have food, live music and fun! We hope to see you there!

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News: New Newsletter!

The Advent 2019 edition of our newsletter is now available for download. Do not miss it—it contains stories, profiles, and information important to those interested in our mission and ministry.
Download the newsletter »

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Kroger Rewards Funding!

Here’s a great way you can contribute to St. Francis—St. Joseph Catholic Worker House (SFSJCWH) while you’re shopping. The Kroger Company has a program that will donate to the House based on your purchases at Kroger stores. All you need to do is register your Kroger Plus Card on-line and link it to SFSJCWH through the Community Rewards link on their web site. This WILL NOT affect your other rewards earned with the Kroger Plus Card.

Simply go to, create an account if you have not already done so, link your card with the card number or alternate ID, and enroll the card with the Community Rewards and our agency by name (St. Francis—St. Joseph Catholic Worker House) or by number (39873).

And that’s it! Kroger will contribute a small amount of what you spend to our mission, and those pennies can add up to real help. So sign up now and sign up a friend or two. Every little bit counts!

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Rest In Peace

Rev. Stanley H. Neiheisel passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016; he was a good friend to the St. Francis—St. Joseph Catholic Worker House. His Mass of Christian Burial was February 3.
He will be dearly missed.

Read Fr. Neiheisel’s obituary »

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Article on Homeless

Cincinnati homeless are dying on our streets. By Sharon Coolidge and Carrie Cochran. Read the article on »

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Memorial Mass for Fr. Mark Schmieder

A memorial Mass for founder and friend, Father Mark Schmieder, is celebrated every year in December, followed by our annual Christmas party at the House located at 1437 Walnut Street. After purchasing the St. Francis Catholic Worker House from Jim Mullen (whom we regard as Father Mark’s co-founder) he merged it with his own St. Joseph House of Hospitality in 1991, forming the St. Francis—St. Joseph Catholic Worker House. Under his leadership the property was rehabilitated and staff was assembled. Today the House continues to help thousands of men achieve financial stability and move on to permanent housing. Fr. Mark passed away on December 24, 2009 from pancreatic cancer.

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The House

St. Francis—St. Joseph Catholic Worker House is a safe and dignified environment where homeless men can work on securing immediate needs of housing, employment, drug/alcohol rehabilitation and case management. We’ve been an emergency shelter since 1985, so our primary goal is to assist guests in finding permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Our existence is totally dependent on private donations; we receive no governmental funding. Less than 6% of our annual budget goes to administrative expenses. Building a family of personal and community relationships with those who believe in our mission is critical to our success and our survival.

Learn more about us, who we serve, and how you can help.

House Needs

Pillows, towels, wash cloths, salt, pepper, spices, ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, pickles and paper towels. Donations of any of these items are always appreciated.


St. Francis—St. Joseph House operates successfully on a small budget. Our needs are few and simple. But, we do request your financial help to continue the good work.

Please consider sending a tax-deductible gift to support the good work at the worker house. Donate online, or mail a check payable to St. Francis—St. Joseph Catholic Worker House to our address below. Thank You!