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Category: Hunger & Housing
Start Date: December 27, 2018
Early on in his time as Pope, Francis expressed his desire for "a church that is poor and for the poor." In my short time in Chicago, I've come to believe that one place this call is fulfilled is at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels. The Franciscans at the Mission reach out to the poor in the community with a tender and welcoming love, and they help draw others into communion with the poor as well.
That's why on March 24th, 2019, I'll be running the Shamrock Shuffle in support of the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels. I was first introduced to the Mission when I arrived in Chicago in 2016, and am glad to be able to collaborate with them in this way. As a Jesuit in studies for the priesthood, I find this a beautiful opportunity for collaboration within the Church, specifically for the benefit of the people Christ has called us to love and serve in a particular way.
Team Mission of Our Lady of the Angels will be fundraising through the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Shamrock Shuffle!
Mission of Our Lady of the Angels exists to provide material and spiritual support to the West Humboldt Park, Chicago- one of the most challenged neighborhoods in the United States. The Mission feeds about 1000 families a month, provides additional material and pastoral support to families, youth, and senior citizens, and, most importantly, brings the love of Christ to a neighborhood desperately in need of hope.
Funds will be used to complete the renovation of the Mission's new outreach center to the poor in West Humboldt Park, Chicago. The new outreach center will provide the very needed space for the Mission's donation storage/ distribution, a handicapped accessible kitchen/ dining room, meeting space for neighborhood and retreat groups, and a 60+ bedroom retreat center for volunteers and retreat guests.
Information about the Mission at www.missionola.com
Information about the outreach center renovation project at https://missionola.com/school.html
We need your help to complete this project! Be part of the miracle that is TEAM OLA!
The Mission is a 501(c)(3) and relies entirely on the donations of private donors.