BOSTON, December 25, 2018 – St. Francis House welcomed Cardinal Sean O’Malley for a special prayer service with our guests and neighbors prior to the special Christmas Day luncheon meal. More than 350 of Boston’s poor and homeless guests were served “restaurant style” by a cadre of over 55 volunteers.
As he has for the past fifteen years, Cardinal O’Malley hosted a “Christmas Reflections” prayer service for our guests then led all in Christmas carols. The Cardinal’s annual visit has long been a special highlight for St Francis House guests who look forward all year to meeting him personally. The Cardinal shared a timely, enduring message on rebirth, renewal, and the inherent value of every human being.
“St. Francis House is a beacon of light for those who have few opportunities to find respite from the harsh realities of life without a place to call home. Here guests are welcomed with respect for their human dignity, provided meals, a safe environment and assistance with access to support services. It is a blessing for us all that as St. Francis House carries out the critically important work of responding to the immediate needs of the homeless, in collaboration with the City of Boston and the Archdiocese they are developing affordable housing for their guests. We look forward to continuing to work with St. Francis House as they bring hope to the people they serve.”
“For so many of our guests, Christmas is a time of the year marked by loneliness,” says Karen LaFrazia, President & CEO of St. Francis House. “The Cardinal’s visit for our celebration helps our guests remember and experience the joy of Christmas together as a community.”
To feed Christmas dinner to so many of our city’s citizens, it will take:
- 280 lbs ham
- 168 lbs mash potatoes
- 140 lbs squash
- 120 lbs green bean almondine
- 140 lbs. of butternut squash
- 800 rolls
- 60 gallons of apple cider
- 84 assorted holiday pies
Shortly after the prayer service and caroling, St. Francis House hosted a special Christmas Day luncheon meal with the assistance of more than 55 volunteers. St. Francis House President & CEO Karen LaFrazia led the blessing prior to the Christmas feast.