Friendships Celebrated at Labre 14th Anniversary

Kurt down on Riverbed Road. Val across from the Greyhound Bus Station. Tony First, walking through campus. Joseph under the Innerbelt Bridge. Frederico in his shopping cart near Cleveland Browns Stadium.

These are just a few of the people that students, parents, employees, neighbors and Labre friends themselves celebrated on Sunday, February 12, 2017, as part of the Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry to the Homeless 14th anniversary celebration. Complete with a beautiful Mass said by Fr. Ray Guiao, S.J. ’82, followed by a meal for the 80-plus people assembled, the gathering served as a communal way to celebrate the relationships that have been formed over the years.

Of course, the ministry has evolved and grown over the years. Saint Ignatius is honored to have helped this spirit of befriending those on the margins to high schools and universities across the country. When Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, spoke to the entire student body earlier this month, he explained that by being people who go out to the margins we make the margins disappear.

This spirit of friendship, of course, exists beyond Labre and extends into all of the Christian Action Team initiatives. Students befriend and mentor neighborhood children through the Arrupe Neighborhood Partnership. They eagerly look forward to a monthly meal and time with adults who have developmental disabilities through Friends with L’Arche. Ignatians learn the stories of those they help carry to their final resting place through the Saint Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry.

By forming friendships with those individuals often pushed to the margins, our students continue to encounter Christ in places where most of society would never bother to look.

Please enjoy this video of some of this year’s Labre leaders talking about their friendships formed through Labre: