“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”
Each Friday in Chicago, Alexian Brothers are part of an ecumenical group that gathers in a church hall to bring comfort and love to the homeless. The group discusses Scripture passages, followed by conversation, fellowship, and lunch. The ministry also meets every other Sunday for an ecumenical service, fellowship, lunch, and Bible study. Timothy’s Ministry has recently begun to meet on Thursday evenings for Scripture discussion and dinner.
Getting the Homeless Out of the Cold
When the overnight temperature in St. Louis (MO) drops below 20 degrees, Alexian Brothers join others in an effort to bring homeless people into shelters for the night by providing transportation to the shelters. In the event that all the available shelter capacity has been filled for the night, blankets, warm clothing and food are given to those left out in the cold.
Once or twice a month, Alexian Brothers in St. Louis travel to a correctional center located in southwest Missouri to visit the incarcerated, spending time, giving support and showing compassion to those they visit. Alexian Brothers also correspond regularly via mail with other incarcerated men.