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Labre

The Labre Ministry is a student-led homeless outreach ministry. Labre Ministries began at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland in 2002. It has since expanded to several universities and high schools in the United States. In 2007, alumni of St. Ignatius High school who were then Loyola students, began Labre Ministry at the WTC.

Labre Ministry is sponsored by Campus Ministry and led by a team of Labre student leaders.

Students form relationships with the homeless of downtown Chicago, providing both food and friendship. Labre's main focus is solidarity, rather than charity, focusing on the relationships created than on the act of providing food itself. By building relationships with the homeless poor, Loyola students choose to stand in solidarity with God’s people and affirm the human dignity of all.

We gather at 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays in All Saints Chapel, on the 3rd floor of the Terry Student Center. We begin with prayer, followed by visiting the homeless on the streets. We then return to All Saints Chapel and spend time reflecting on the human dignity of those whom we have encountered.

Please sign up ahead of time:

  1. Sign into OrgSync
  2. Go to the Labre Portal and become a member via the green button at the top right.
  3. Go to the Events tab
  4. Indicate "YES" in RSVP if you will be attending Labre this week.

If your student organization or group would like to go out on a special Labre on a different day of the week, please contact us.

Labre accepts food donations all year. Labre typically prepares meals for 40 people each Thursday.  If your student organization, fraternity, or class would like to donate food, please see the following guidelines.
*We also welcome leftover food from Loyola events.*

Acceptable Food Donations:

  • Pasta dishes
  • Thick soups (chili, stew)
  • Rice and beans
  • Jambalaya
  • Fresh fruit (bananas, apples, oranges)
  • Granola bars
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly

The men and women especially appreciate pasta dishes and soups.

Packaging Details

We ask that the food you donate be packaged in large aluminum trays with a lid or plastic freezer bags so that we can freeze if necessary. Labre leaders will thaw and package the food into individual containers for the people on the street the night we use the food.

If you would like to donate or help prepare food, please contact Grace Girardot.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to Labre, you may do so

  • Online
  • By mail. Please make checks payable to "Loyola University Chicago" and mail to
    • Director of Campus Ministry
      Loyola University Chicago
      1032 W. Sheridan Rd
      Chicago, IL 60660

For more information, please contact Labre via email.

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