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VOICES OF THE MISSION

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.
Click HERE for links to archive pages to older Voices of the Mission entries.

June 14 - Graduation Congratulations

 

 

Congrats to Sr. Jess on her graduation from DePaul! Sr. Jess graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching in order to be licensed to teach religion in Catholic Schools. Sr. Jess will be teaching religion at a Catholic School (hopefully) starting in the fall (pending COVID closures etc.).

June 7 - Space to Play

We are now the proud owners of this lot, which is the last piece of land we needed for our green space, play space, and parking lot plan. We will be transforming this lot into a place for kids to play later this summer or fall.

May 31 - Sr. Emily Visits With Her Home Parish Priest

Sr. Emily was interviewed by her home parish pastor, Fr. Tom, about her entrance into the novitiate! Check out the video. (direct YouTube page HERE)

March 8 - Seniors Program Going Strong

Our senior citizen’s program continues to grow! We have about 40-50 seniors attend our program each week for exercise class, Bible study, and lunch. The group has helped stabilize social and material networks for these seniors, many of whom are raising grandchildren and greatgrandchildren without a stable source of income.
Here is a picture from our Mardi Gras party for our seniors!

March 1 - Mission OLA Receives Recognition

Lots of recognition and press this week!

The Archdiocesan Council of Priests recognized the Mission for its work at its awards banquet last week. Here are the Franciscans receiving the award.

Br. Matt and Sr. Jess were interviewed as part of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s celebration of consecrated life. Interviews HERE.

Sr. Stephanie was featured by Fleet Feet as part of Mission of Our Lady of the Angels being Fleet Feet’s charity of the month. Article HERE. Album of pictures HERE.

February 23 - LENT 2020

 

 

 

Please see our Lent 2020 page HERE.

February 1 - Big Help with Big Food Delivery

Thank you to Morton Christian Apostolic Church and our other awesome volunteers who helped unload 34 pallets of food for the Tuesday pantry on 2/1/20!

January 20, 2020 - Please Consider Volunteering this Summer

Are you a college students or a recent college grad? We’d love for you to consider volunteering at the Mission this summer! Here is some basic info:
-Live in community with other volunteers in Chicago
-Help the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago with their outreach to the poor- mainly through summer camps for 5-12 year olds 
-Dates flexible. Date guideline- June 1 to Aug 1 
-Room and board provided
-Contact Sr. Stephanie for more info/ to apply: olamission@gmail.com

December 1, 2019 - Record Food Pantry Turnout

We had record number 294 people at the Tuesday food pantry on 11/26! We think we gave out over 800 turkeys this Thanksgiving. Thank you for all of your amazing support!
Tuesday food pantry was featured in Chicago Catholic HERE.

November 17, 2019 - Mission Featured in St. Anthony Messenger
Thank you St. Anthony Messenger for featuring the Mission in your magazine! Article HERE (PDF).
November 10, 2019 - Sr. Kate and the story of Mission of Our Lady of the Angels featured on Irish TV!
November 3, 2019 - Fr. Bob / Sr. Jess Media

Thank you SO much to Outside da Box films for the amazing documentary on Fr. Bob and the Mission OLA story. We are so grateful for all of the time and effort put into this beautiful film!
Watch the full movie here: https://storiesofencounter.com/#purchase
You can all purchase small group/ educational materials that go along with the movie.


Sr. Jess’ vocation story was featured by the vocation office!

October 26, 2019 - Kelly Hall YMCA Recognized

As many know, the Mission partners with the YMCA and the Greater Chicago Food Depository to run Kelly Hall, our outreach center for youth. Trevon, one of the graduates of our program was honored at the Metro Chicago YMCA awards dinner this week in this awesome video!

August 25, 2019 Garden/ Landscape Improvements

Our garden continues to produce tons of vegetables for our pantry! We are also grateful for Joel at USA Landscaping for helping us to redo the street island landscaping on Iowa St.

August 11, 2019 Garden Distribution at Pantry & an Award Nomination!

Our new garden has been very successful! We have been distributing produce from our garden at the Tuesday and the 1st Saturday pantries. We are so grateful to all who made these gardens possible.
The Mission is part of the City of Chicago’s nomination for the Engaged Cities award, which highlights cities where the local government have been effectively working with citizens to provide grassroots solutions to difficult urban problems. Info HERE.

July 14, 2019 Joanna (Camino Project) Starts Her Journey for Mission OLA

We are so excited to be working with The Camino Project! The Camino Project is sending a young woman named Joanna to walk the Camino to raise funds and support for Mission of Our Lady of the Angels! Joanna will be walking 500 miles in a month and a half to raise money and awareness for the Mission. Please keep her in your prayers. She left today (7/14/19). Donate to her effort HERE. Joanna is the woman in this picture who is not Sr. Stephanie.

July 6, 2019 Matress Giveaway at Food Pantry

We distributed over 80 mattresses as part of the mobile food pantry on 7/6! We are so grateful to ALL who made this possible.

June 2019 The Teen Group from Mary Seat of Wisdom Helps Out

 

 

We had an amazing week with the teen group from Mary Seat of Wisdom! We worked in the gardens, on the construction project, and at the pantry.

 

May 2019 Thank You to All the Student Groups

Thank you to the MANY college and high school groups that have visited us throughout the spring break/ end of school service season here. We are very grateful.
A group of college varsity athletes came from all over the country to visit us for a Mission trip last week (via FOCUS- Fellowship of Catholic University Students). They ran sports camps for kids at Kelly Hall as well as at the schools where Sr. Alicia and Sr. Stephanie teach. Of course, we also used their athletic skills for the construction project as well! Thanks for all of your help!

May 2019 Fr. Bob's Mission OLA Movie

Fr. Bob and the story of Mission of Our Lady of the Angels will be very soon featured in a documentary. Here is the preview! Get excited about the full length version.

Episode 3: Fr. Bob Lombardo & Mission of Our Lady of the Angels

April 2019 Thank You: Tuesday Pantry Volunteers / Please Join Us

We have been blessed to have MANY groups help us at our new and huge Tuesday pantry! We’d love to have your high school or corporate (or other adult) group join us for the pantry. It’s from 7:45 AM to 12 PM. If your group would like to come to Mass, they are welcome to come to Mass in the convent at 7 AM on Tuesdays.

Please contact Sr. Stephanie at olamission@gmail.com to schedule your group.

Here is a picture of St. Augustine High School (San Diego, CA) students who joined us on 4/23.

April 2019 Thank You: Seeds of Service / Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Thank you to Seeds of Service from St. Isaac Jogues, Hinsdale, for your incredible truck load of food and baby products! We are very grateful.

Thank you also to the young adults from Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Springfield for coming all the way here to help us on 4/13.

March 2019 Flower and Garden show cooking demonstration
Summer 2018 - Three Projects

The Mission will be involved with 3 separate development projects this summer:
-the school
-900/902 N. Avers will be a new parking lot And
- 3802 W. Chicago Ave will be a new green space/ parking lot/ basketball court

The 3802 W. Chicago Ave is generously being paid for via FEMA/ the City of Chicago. The space will soon be covered with permeable pavement for parking/ basketball as well as garden space. Here are some pictures of the 3802 W. Chicago Ave. project right now. 

New Year’s 2018 - Unique ways to help the Mission!

Do you have a skill set or talent that you think is underutilized? Well, do we have news for you! We can probably use it here. If you’re looking for a new year’s resolution think about helping the Mission!
Here is a great example. Bruce (see picture) is an excellent carpenter. He has been helping the Mission with minor repairs + even built Mary a new place in the convent now that the sisters live there. Of particular interest, this statue of Mary is the only item we have that survived the school fire.
We have many needs coming up with the school. Please don’t be shy and tell us about how you might be able to help by e-mailing HERE.

Voices of the Mission Archive 2016-2017 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