Little Sisters still begging in LA

The first Little Sisters of the Poor -- "the begging sisters" -- to come to Los Angeles arrived on a train from Chicago on Jan. 18, 1905

The 2007 GMC Savana Cargo Van with 200,000 miles on the odometer pulls off the exit a little past 9 o’clock on this Friday morning. It’s August 31, one day after the Little Sisters of the Poor marked the 150th anniversary of the religious community’s arrival in the United States from France. Two of these “begging sisters” in full white habits are in the back seat, silently … [Read more...]

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Small band of friars and nuns in habits feed homeless in Los Angeles

Archbishop José Gomez invited Friars and Sisters of the Poor Jesus to Los Angeles earlier this year; four friars and four sisters set out for Skid Row every weekend offering free food and water to the homeless

Friar Benjamin of the Most Holy Trinity walked down Towne Avenue in Skid Row, one hand wheeling an ice chest filled with oranges and bottled water, the other clutching plastic bags of peanut butter and ham and cheese sandwiches, chips and fruit snacks. Dressed in a full habit, a straw hat and brown flip-flops, Friar Benjamin, 42, along with a group of three other friars, one … [Read more...]

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How Catholic Charities is tackling California’s housing crisis

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has approved a $1.5-million contract with Catholic Charities to connect renters with housing providers

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara has partnered with the local county to launch a shared housing program, connecting renters with housing providers amid California’s high housing costs. “We are incredibly excited to be partnering alongside the County of Santa Clara’s Office of Supportive Housing for this much needed housing resource for our community,” said Lindsey Caldwell, … [Read more...]

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Sacramento diocese warns parishes about charity

Citing report from California Attorney General, parishes advised to cease fundraising efforts for Food for the Poor

The following is a letter from John Watkins, Director of Catholic Charities & Social Concerns Diocese of Sacramento: To: Pastors, Parochial Vicars, Administrators, Deacons and Parish Staff It has come to our attention that Food for the Poor, (an ecumenical international development agency based in the U.S.), is the subject of an Order to Cease and Desist, Revocation … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez paints sobering picture of Los Angeles

He cites homelessness, poverty, widespread abortion, family breakdown and 1 million undocumented immigrants in June 4 talk about polarization at Georgetown University

I am honored to be here to talk about these important issues of Catholic social teaching.  And I want to begin our conversation with a brief snapshot of our experience in Los Angeles.  As you know, we are the largest Catholic community in the country. We cover a territory about the size of New Jersey —  we have about 5 million Catholics in an overall population of 11 … [Read more...]

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“Outreach to the poor is not just a tax write off, it’s a sacred duty”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivers keynote address at Orange Catholic Foundation Conference on Business Ethics

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the New York Archbishop considered among the most influential Christians in the U.S., urged Orange County Catholics to follow the Church’s teachings on business and economics by prioritizing the wellbeing of others and working to help the poor.   “Outreach to the poor is not just a tax write off, it’s a sacred duty,” Cardinal Dolan said during the … [Read more...]

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