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Catholic Schools in the Year of Mercy: Sheltering the Homeless

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January 8, 2016




“Catholic Schools in the Year of Mercy:  Sheltering the Homeless”

As I noted in December, during this Jubilee Year of Mercy the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is focusing on a specific Corporal or Spiritual Work of Mercy each month as a special theme for action and reflection.  This month’s Corporal Work of Mercy, “Sheltering the Homeless, is particularly fitting, as plummeting temperatures create severe challenges and even life-threatening conditions for many in our local areas.

Please take a few minutes to appreciate this beautiful message about being sheltered when homeless, delivered by Father Ken Omernick, Pastor at St. Charles Parish, Hartland, and Archdiocesan “Missionary of Mercy.” 

Sheltering the Homeless: "The Medicine of Mercy"

In our Catholic schools, during this month of January, let us join with our brothers and sisters throughout the archdiocese in living out the Corporal Work of Mercy, “Sheltering the Homeless,” by,

  • finding ways to learn about and contribute to local shelters, programs, or organizations that attend to the needs of the homeless;
  • studying the lives of saints who are patrons or patronesses of the homeless, such as St. Benedict Joseph Labre, St. Edwin of Northumbria, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, and St. Margaret of Cortona;
  • remembering that many students come to us each day from demoralizing or dysfunctional home conditions and need our schools to be shelters of stability, loving attention, and hope for them and their families.

A blessed Jubilee Year of Mercy to all!

Kathleen A. Cepelka, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools

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