Pastor's Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

                        I’ll never forget la bataille royale we had a few years back over Loyola students feeding the homeless at Lafayette Square in the old Warehouse District. At that time, I was Dean of Campus Ministry. That warehouse district neighborhood had rapidly gentrified over the past decade, and many of the new residents had decided that the Ozanam Inn (which has been there since 1947) must be moved to “improve” the neighborhood. Since Loyola students were also feeding the homeless in their area, we, along with the Ozanam Inn, were bringing down their property value by attracting unwanted, lower class people. One of the new residents of the gentrification process got very ugly with us and went so far as to compare the homeless men and women with pigeons, suggesting, “as long as we feed the pigeons, they will keep coming back.” This was over a decade ago, and I still get upset thinking about it.   A poor carpenter from Nazareth arrived in his native Bethlehem with his young, pregnant wife seated on a beast of burden. It was late at night, and Mary’s contractions had already begun. […]

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