Mercy sister spearheads efforts to address hunger and homelessness at World Meeting of Families

Posted by Patrice Tuohy
Wednesday 23, September 2015 | Category:   Catholic culture,Mission & Evangelization
family homelessness and hunger
The Francis Fund, one of three key initiatives to combat poverty, as part of the World Gathering of Families programs.

Update: Pope stopped on his way to celebrate his final Mass in Philadelphia to view the "Knotted Grotto" art installation, sponsored by

Art installation in Philadelphia
Knotted Grotto, desiged in honor of Mary, Undoer of Knots, Pope Francis' favorite artwork. Visitors of the grotto add or remove knots that symbolize their personal struggles and their desire to help others.

Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M., a Mercy sister, was asked by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia to help with preparations for the World Meeting of Families, convening from Sept. 22-25, 2015. “The archbishop wanted to talk about how we could protect the poor and hungry,” says Scullion, in an interview with Huffington Post. “But I never imagined we could get so much done in that short time.”

"Since launching the World Meeting of Families Committee on Hunger and Homelessness, reports Jaleem Kaleem, "Scullion has used the pope’s high-profile visit and the convergence this week of the nation’s leading Catholic figures to raise $1.3 million to aid 52 projects and organizations centered on helping people struggling with poverty, mental illness or both."

“Pope Francis says the greatest virtue is mercy,” says Scullion. “But he also said that concrete works of mercy and spiritual development are not enough. We also need systemic change.” Learn more about the works Scullion helped spearhead at

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Reprinted with permission from ©TrueQuest Communications.




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