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June 23, 2019
I lean on Pope Francis’s insight – and let it guide all ministry – that realities are greater than ideas, from Evangelii Gaudium. Jesus knows this and he shows it to his apostles in the Gospel today, on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The plan, the idea for looking after the five thousand, is to have the people fend for themselves in the nearby farms and villages? It is a terrible plan. The reality? The reality is that the ministers have fishes and loaves. “Give them some food yourselves” (Luke 9:13), Jesus tells them. And he takes it from there.
June 16, 2019
Yesterday (Wait: Robert, are you saying that you only started working on your Sunday homily yesterday? Um, yes? Listen, it was a busy week, okay? Especially Friday …. Thanks again to everyone who came out for and supported the 2019 Capuchin Walk for the Hungry) Brother Rob Roemer received a call from the downtown convention center, that there was a surplus of box lunches left over from an event. So he took the Saint Ben’s van to the Wisconsin Center and loaded them up.
St. Anthony Place
March 15, 2019
Today, Heartland Housing, Capuchin Community Services, and Ascension Wisconsin joined the city, county, and statewide partners at the grand opening of St. Anthony Place. The former St. Anthony’s Hospital, next door to St. Ben's Community Meal, was renovated into 60 units of permanent supportive housing and a comprehensive resource center for Milwaukee’s chronically homeless.
St. Ben's Community Meal
March 9, 2019
Perched in the back of the Meal Hall, Hospitality Ministers have the opportunity to welcome the Meal Guests, hand out tickets and offer hand sanitizer. As the line slows down later in the night, we have time to take in the scene of the Hall and the connections among the Guests.
One cold night last month, we were blessed to observe a joyful reunion. Johnny entered the Hall, looked around for a few seconds and seemed surprised to see Michael sitting at a table in the rear of the hall. He abandoned the Meal line, shouted Michael’s name. and hurried over to the table. Michael shouted back, stood up and rushed over to shake Johnny’s hand. It seemed that a reunion was happening. The two men stood talking for a long time, still shaking hands the entire time. Michael’s tray could cool and Johnny could wait to rejoin the line.