On Saturday, March 1, BVM volunteers participated in a morning of service, sharing and hospitality at the Mission of Our Lady of Angels in Chicago.
The Mission of Our Lady of Angels, the apostolate of the Franciscans of the Eucharist, serves the poor on the west side of Chicago. On the first Saturday of every month, with donations from the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Mission hosts an outdoor, mobile food pantry, providing food and clothing to local families.
The participants joined the Franciscan community and other volunteers to re-package food and distribute it to the clients, assist them in collecting and carrying their food items, and hand out clothing donations. About 150 individuals and families were served.
After the morning of service, the group was welcomed by the Franciscan community and gathered in Our Lady of Angels Convent for a time of reflection and sharing. Fr. Bob Lombardo thanked the volunteers, recognizing the spiritual bond flowing through Our Lady of Angels, connecting their Franciscan community with the BVMs.
The group was grateful for the opportunity to see the face of Christ in all who gathered to serve and be served at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels. Participants included Peggy Geraghty, Nancy McCarthy, Carol Cook, Dodie Dwight, Carol Spiegel, Gwen Farry, Diane O’Donnell, BVM Novice Sharon Rezmer, Associate Sylvia Martinez and Tricia Lothschutz.