Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Mission Integration


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Labre is a weekly opportunity for student leaders and participants to form relationships with people experiencing homelessness in downtown Chicago, offering both a simple meal and conversation. The focus of Labre is to facilitate a deeper exploration of issues of justice through encounters with individuals. After going on a Labre route, students participate in a debrief to reflect on the complexities of homelessness in downtown Chicago. 

Please contact labre@luc.edu with any questions.


We gather Thursdays at 4:30pm in the 4th Floor Baumhart Student Lounge on the Water Tower Campus. We begin with food preparation and community building then depart from the WTC on pre-established routes to distribute food and visit with those we encounter. We then return to the Baumhart 4th floor lounge for an hour of reflection. Clean up ends at approximately 8:00pm. Participants must be able to commit for the entire time frame. 


Note that space is limited, so 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 (events are not necessarily in chronological order)
  4. Click on the blue "Continue to RSVP" button
  5. Indiciate "I will be attending" and click the RSVP button

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. Please consider donations containing high protein.

Acceptable food donations throughout the week:

  • Fresh fruit (bananas, apples, oranges)
  • Granola bars
  • Trail mix
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Bread

Please contact cerlenborn@luc.edu with any questions about food donations.

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.