Statement from Monsignor Boland on World Day of the Poor
Friday, November 17, 2017 by Communications

Monsignor Michael M. Boland, President of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, released the following statement today in preparation for Sunday’s World Day of the Poor. 

“Pope Francis declared the thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary time, November 19, 2017, the World Day of the Poor. As we enter the holiday season, the timeliness of this day could not be more relevant.

Catholic Charities and our 15,000 volunteers lift up the lives of those living in poverty and help them on their journeys to self-sufficiency. We encounter and meet each person wherever they are in their journeys and support them in their needs. With the compassion of Jesus, each person is treated with dignity and respect when they walk through the doors of Catholic Charities. 

We call on all good people to join us as Good Samaritans in this mission to help those in need. In recognition of World Day of the Poor, we pray for all those living in poverty and experiencing injustice. May they receive the resources and support they need to be lifted out of darkness and may we find within ourselves an open heart to draw these people in and show them the love and compassion that Jesus showed to the least among us.”

Join us in reciting our 100th anniversary prayer:

Loving God...

We are eternally grateful that you have entrusted the care of the poor and vulnerable to Catholic Charities. It is through your infinite grace that we have helped people overcome the challenges of poverty, hunger, homelessness, addiction, violence, aging, and abuse for the past 100 years. 

We as volunteers, board members, staff, and supporters of Catholic Charities are profoundly blessed to have the lives of the poor intersect with our own. You give honor to the marginalized, the victimized, and the forgotten. We know that in helping these least ones, we are serving you. 

We are privileged, dear Lord, to be your ears when we hear their cries; your eyes when we see them suffer. Help us be your hands to feed, clothe, and shelter them; your voice to comfort them; your feet to walk beside them; your shoulders to carry them; your strength to help them persevere; your light to bring them hope. 

As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, we thank you, Lord, for all those who serve or have been served by Catholic Charities.  We ask for your continued blessings as we carry out our mission of compassionate and loving care of those who need it most.


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