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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.

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.

October 21, 2017 Chicago Avenue Development

We’re excited to let you know that we will very soon be the proud owners of 902 N. Avers. This means that we now have control over those adjacent lots and will be working on a parking lot/ play space next spring/ summer.

Also, as seen above, the City of Chicago secured some money to dig out and replace the gross empty lots at 3800 W. Chicago Ave and 3808 W. Chicago Ave to create a parking lot/ basketball courts as well as a rain garden. We will have full control over this space once it is complete. It is adjacent to Kelly Hall. Thank you Ward 27 and all those involved!

God works in mysterious ways. We worked very hard to try to get the lots on Chicago Ave. few years ago. Now we have them and they will be developed for $0!

September 24, 2017 Tater Tot donation!
Thanks to our friends from Colfax, IL that planted, took care of, and harvested a huge truck load of potatoes to donate to the Mission! We are very grateful.
September 10, 2017 - Back to school block party highlights!
August 28, 2017 - Support Team OLA with a Team OLA Shirt!
Team OLA has been busy training and working to spread the word about the Mission! Help them spread the word by wearing your own Team OLA Shirt! But it HERE! Suggested donation $30 (includes shipping)
July 23, 2017 - Deacon Mike talks about his experience at the Mission!
July 16, 2017 - Neighbor Kelly talks about the Misson and tours the Mobile Pantry
June 18, 2017 - Mary Seat of Wisdom Youth Group



Thanks to Mary Seat of Wisdom for all of their help here at the Mission in early June! Check out this article (.pdf) highlighting their trip.




June 5, 2017 - Mobile Care Chicago Visit

Thanks Mobile Care Chicago for coming to do dental cleaning for our neighborhood kids at the mobile pantry!

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
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.

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

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