Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Mission Integration

Labre

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Labre will be relaunching in the 22-23 school year.

 

Please contact labre@luc.edu to get more information and to be notified when sign ups go live.

 

What we do

During Labre, trained student leaders accompany participants on pre-established routes to meet with people experiencing homelessness in downtown Chicago. Students offer both food and conversation to the people that they meet. After going on a Labre route, there is a debrief and reflection.

 

Sign up and join us 

We gather Thursday evenings in the All Saints Chapel on the 3rd floor of the Terry Student Center at Water Tower Campus. We begin with prayer then depart WTC on established routes to distribute food and visit with those we encounter We then return to All Saints Chapel for a debrief and reflection. Total time is approximately 2-2.5 hours. Participants must be able to commit for the entire time frame. Meeting time for the 22-23 school year will be announced soon.

Students form relationships with individuals experiencing homelessness in downtown Chicago, providing both food and friendship. Labre's main focus is solidarity through relationship, rather than charity through the act of providing food. By building relationships with our friends on the streets, Loyola students stand in solidarity with God's people and affirm the human dignity of all.

Labre Ministry is an outreach ministry to persons experiencing homelessness. A team of Loyola student leaders implement the program, with support from Community Service & Action (CSA) and Campus Ministry.

Modeled after Labre Ministries from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland in 2002, the program has been active at Loyola University Chicago for over a decade.

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre was born in France in 1748 to wealthy middle-class family. After deciding this was not the path to which he was being called, he left his family, education, and comfortable life to become a pilgrim. He traveled around Europe leading a minimalistic life, sharing what extra food he had with the poor. He befriended those experiencing homelessness along the way and shared in community and conversation with them. He died in Rome in April of 1783 and today is recognized as the patron saint of homeless persons. His devotion and commitment to loving God and loving his neighbor is the foundation of the Labre ministry.

We gather Thursdays at 6pm in the All Saints Chapel on the 3rd floor of the Terry Student Center at Water Tower Campus. We begin with prayer then visit those we encounter on established routes. We then return to All Saints Chapel and reflect on the human dignity of those whom we have encountered.

 

Please sign up ahead of time:

  1. Sign into LUCommunity
  2. Search "Labre" in the search bar OR go directly to Labre events
  3. Click on the day that you hope to attend*
  4. Click on the blue "Continue to RSVP" button
  5. Indicate "I will be attending" and click the RSVP button

*please note the events are not necessarily in chronological order

For more information, please contact Labre via email at labre@luc.edu.

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If you would like to make a monetary donation to Labre, you may do so online or by mail.

Online:  Please visit this website to provide a donation to Labre.

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

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 labre@luc.edu.