The Labre program is currently on hold. We'll post details about the program's return when we are able.
For more information on how Labre works in-person, please click through the sections below. We look forward to reconnecting with our friends on the streets as soon as we are able.
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.
If you would like to make a monetary donation to Labre, you may do so online or by mail.
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