We hope that this page gives a more “living picture” to what the Mission does- both materially and spiritually! If you’d like to be a “VOICE OF THE MISSION” or if you have a comment/ question, please e-mail HERE.

April 11, 2017 - Jenna’s experience volunteering at the Mission
April 3, 2017 - Betty- Part of Mission OLA’s senior’s program
March 27, 2017 - Thank you to all of our spring break volunteers! Listen to what Ted said about his experience.
February 20, 2017 - Lucille Washington talks about living in West Humboldt Park + the pantry
January 30, 2017 - Mike tells us about his experience at Mission OLA!
January 22, 2017 - Marty and Jason let us know about their experience at Mission OLA!
January 6, 2017 - Epiphany Fundraiser

Thank you MAP of Hope Foundation for your support with the Epiphany Fundraiser on 1/6/17 featuring
Sr. Alicia- Chopped Champ!!

December 25, 2016 - Charlotte Catholic High School (Charlotte, NC) Generosity

We’re very grateful that Charlotte Catholic High School (Charlotte, NC) chose us as their Christmas charity. They also stopped by for a visit when they were here over Thanksgiving break! Check out the Franciscans with Charlotte Catholic High School sweatshirts as well as THIS ARTICLE from their local Catholic paper.

December 21, 2016 - Enjoy the highlights of our 2016 Christmas party!
December 12, 2016 - Please enjoy the highlights of our 2016 Thanksgiving party!
November 27, 2016 - Sr. Alicia speaks about her life as a Franciscan in this video!
November 13, 2016 - Sr Alicia and Sr. Kate Final Vows Video

Thanks to our friends at Spirit Juice Studios who made a great video about Sr. Kate and Sr. Alicia’s final vows (October 4, 2015)! It is beautiful. Find the video HERE.

October 3, 2016 - Farm Group Donates to Food Pantry

Gary Buches and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Colfax, IL grew fresh, beautiful potatoes to distribute at the Mission! Story HERE

September 24, 2016 - Sr. Alicia at St. Paul of the Cross (Park Ridge)

Sr. Alicia did a cooking demonstration at the St. Paul of the Cross “Great Date Night” for couples at the parish! Please check out the video of her making “Twisted Greek Salad” and Sr. Alicia’s original recipe below. Sorry the sound is not that great.

Twisted Greek Salad


-Romaine Lettuce
-Greek Olives (pitted)
-Figs -Feta cheese*


Salad consists of bed of romaine lettuce, upon which lays Greek Olives, thinly sliced figs, crumbled feta and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. Salad is dressed by drizzling lemon juice, olive oil, salt and white pepper.
*Can be made without feta to be vegan/ dairy free. Feta can be replaced by goat cheese or extra firm tofu soaked in lemon juice and salt and coarsely chopped.
Download PDF Here.

April 16. 2017 - TEAM OLA 2016 Experiences - Click here for videos
September 9, 2016 - Mission Experiences - Click here for more information and videos
August 6, 2016 - Mobile Pantry - Click here for more information and videos