FEATURING: OUR LADY OF THE ROAD
The South Bend Catholic Worker Hospitality Center
Once a month, a group of teens and parents from Saint Pius X spend their Saturday morning at the South Bend Catholic Worker Hospitality Center, Our Lady of the Road. At the Center, members of the community can have a meal, take a shower, do laundry, and rest for a while.
The South Bend Catholic Worker is part of the larger Catholic Worker movement founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. The Catholic Worker movement is based on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Workers commit themselves to reaching out to those who are on the margins of society who are poor, oppressed, and looked down upon in our world. The Catholic Worker movement is modeled after the ministry of Jesus, who recognized the dignity and belovedness of outcasts.
A mute gentleman who is a regular visitor of the Center wanted to express his gratitude to the Saint Pius X teen volunteers, so he shared this note:
“I would like to thank you all for what you are doing to help the less fortunate. You could be doing anything with your time but you chose to be here. I was once homeless but by the grace of God no more. So thank you! And on behalf of those that don’t say thanks, thank you for them.”