Works of Mercy: Seminarians Collect and Distribute Donations to the Homeless

Posted on November 12, 2020

A group of our seminarians recently came together within the community to help provide those in need warm clothes for the winter months ahead. They collected winter clothing and coats from the seminary community, parishioners from Saint Mary of Vernon Catholic Church in Indian Creek, IL, and Santa Maria del Popolo Catholic Church in Mundelein, IL. Several seminarians sorted the donations of clothing on Saturday, October 31, and they counted about 50 bags of clothing. Everything donated went to Our Lady of the Angels Mission, as well as to the homeless and day laborers.

“We were anticipating not finishing in one day, but there was a good turnout of seminarians and we completed everything in good cheer. Not only did we complete it, but we managed to tidy the very messy basement area where we keep such donations.” – Ben Thomsen, Archdiocese of Atlanta

On Saturday, November 7, another group of seminarians were able to pass out the bags of clothing to various day laborers and homeless men and women in Chicago.

“The Eucharist commits us to the poor and this is one way we can go love the poor. If we can’t get up at 3:00 a.m. and take a risk to minister to the poor during COVID for Jesus Christ then who can we make those sacrifices for?” – Isaac Doucette, Diocese of Davenport

Thank you to all who contributed their time and generously donated clothes and money to our brothers and sisters in need. And may we too feel called to serve the poor in some way this winter season.