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Happy Mother’s Day

Of all the people I see on our breadline, nothing is sadder than a mother who is often desperate and concern for her children. That love, that deep intimate bond is never more apparent then when hunger and cold threaten the well-being of her child. When I think back to my own childhood I remember [...]

Preparing To Be More Like Jesus During Lent

As we prepare ourselves for the coming of Easter, I would ask you to take a moment to consider the true meaning of Lent. Many people observe Lent as a period of sacrifices, often fasting, "giving up" habits and focusing on personal challenges. But does this truly capture the spirit of Lent? Instead, think of [...]

Life On The Street

Many nights, the homeless who we know from the breadline sleep on the steps and sidewalks of the church and Friary.  On cold nights, small cardboard boxes with just enough room for a single person's body line the sidewalks as makeshift bedrooms.  I don’t know how they do it, but I’m told that newspaper makes [...]

Earthquake in Nepal

Our prayers are with our Nepalese brothers and sisters suffering from last weeks devastating earthquake. Franciscan Bread for the Poor has no direct way of responding to the immediate needs of the people in Nepal, but Catholic Relief Services is able to do so. Below is a link that we have set up if you [...]

Come in Out of the Rain

Dear Friends, I’m sure you have heard the phrase from the song: Though April showers may come your way, They bring the flowers that bloom in May......... And I’m also sure you may have experienced your Mother, Father, or someone close to you say:   “Come in out of the rain, you’ll get wet and [...]

The Hill of Crosses

THE HILL OF CROSSES...... The Hill of Crosses, Kryziu Kalnas, in the city of Siauliai, Lithuania stands on a small hill, about 10 meters tall.  The tradition of leaving crosses began after an uprising of the Polish and Lithuanians against the Russian tsar was squelched in 1831.  Relatives of the dead rebels, with no bodies [...]

Cardinal Dolan and Fr. Paul on the Breadline distributing ashes.