St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy Buffalo NY

St. Luke’s vision is centered on God’s call to evangelize. We seek to bring the love and mercy of God to those who feel abandoned by God. Jesus still suffers and thirsts in those in need, and in serving them, we serve Him.

We pursue this vision by:

  • Putting into action the works of mercy
  • Meeting the basic needs of the least of our brothers and sisters
  • Centering our lives on Jesus present in the Eucharist
  • Preaching with our lives the Good News of Jesus Christ

St. Luke’s is run completely by volunteers, the majority of them lay people. Not one person who works at St. Luke’s receives any salary or monetary compensation at all. We are a completely volunteer organization.

St. Luke’s is run, first and foremost, by God. It is He who provides all that we need, and He is responsible for anything good that comes out of the Mission. We are forever grateful for His great love and mercy!

The Co-Directors of St. Luke’s are Norm Paolini and Amy Betros, who are also the Co-Founders. They have been together in the ministry of serving God’s Poor for over 15 years.

There are 15 lay Missionaries at St. Luke’s. Most of these men and women live at or around the Mission and spend all of their time devoted to carrying out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. These people commit themselves, a year at a time to living among and serving God’s poor. They take 5 simple promises of:

  • Poverty
  • Chastity
  • Obedience
  • Charity
  • Mercy

The Missionaries strive to fulfill the following spiritual requirements:

  • Daily Mass
  • Daily Eucharistic Adoration (1 hour)
  • Daily reciting of Divine Office (Morning and Evening Prayer)
  • Daily Rosary
  • Daily Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Reading Sacred Scripture
  • Reading the Diary of St. Faustina and other spiritual writings
  • Confession at least once a month
  • Spiritual Direction once a month
  • Performing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

While most of the Missionaries are single men and women, God has also called two married couples to this ministry, including one couple with 9 children.