We are a compassionate, thoughtful, and diverse religious community who nurture and challenge each other to deeper understanding, meaning and purpose in our lives. We use our hearts and our heads to make a difference not only in our lives, but the lives of those beyond our doors. Learn more about our beliefs, our services, our history and more in the About Us tab.

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Home Again

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Upcoming Services

Livestream link: http://live.buffalouu.org.
Services start at 10:30 unless otherwise posted.

Celebrate loved ones, past or present, by joining our Pulpit Flowers Program. Your dedication will be featured in our Order of Service and weekly e-blast, creating a lasting tribute for our community. Illuminate our space with beauty and foster connections.


The Mission of Little Portion Friary is to journey with our guests experiencing homelessness in a homelike environment and provide temporary shelter, meals, and counseling during their struggle to acquire permanent housing and jobs.

The Little Portion Friary was started in 1982 when Deacon John G. and the Rev. Alexius realized that homeless men and women needed a homelike setting and a sense of personal involvement with individuals who cared about them.

They envisioned a setting in which people from all walks of life would bring their talents and gifts, working anonymously and quietly, to help those in need. They established a Franciscan community to be known as the Little Portion Friary.

To St. Francis, the name represented the poverty, humility, and simplicity that he wished for himself and his followers. For Buffalo’s Little Portion, the name reflects a commitment to St. Francis’ ideals and hope of allowing our lives, in little ways to touch and be touched by the lives of others.

We depend almost entirely on donations and the efforts of volunteer workers and remain in awe of the generosity that has sustained us this long.

Those who volunteer here work together as a team, without publicity, positions, or titles, so that guests can regain control over their lives. Guests have given of themselves by offering comfort and encouragement to one another in their struggles.

We especially need your prayers and encouragement. Your openness to the causes and effects of poverty and homelessness.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.


Our Vision
We will gather in loving community, creating a shared vision of compassion and dignity for all,
to radically transform the world in which we live.