Last Wednesday, August 30th theology professor Bill Cavanaugh brought a class of incoming first-year students from DePaul University to visit our parish.
In the morning, the group volunteered at the St. Thomas of Canterbury Food Pantry and Solidarity Gardens and the St. Francis Catholic Worker. After lunch, James Murphy from Canterbury House — a ministry of Mary, Mother of God Parish — spoke to the students about the parish's outreach efforts in our soup kitchen, food pantry, and hospitality hours at Canterbury House.
Mark Franzen, director of St. Gregory’s Hall, led the students on a tour of the three parish churches focusing on the unique story each building tells about the faith and of the generations of immigrants who worshiped there. The afternoon was capped off with a tour of the studio of artist-in-residence Sarah Crow, who talked about her work and the relationship of the contemporary art world and sacred art.