Capuchin Soup Kitchen Helps in Feeding the Mind & Soul
Similar to some communities in the US, Detroit is also suffering from poverty especially in 1920 where the Great Depression took place. It was the time when the city is so poor that they came bashing at the monastery of Mount Elliot street in St. Bonaventure which is a home of the Capuchin Order. It was Friar Solanus Casey who advised the order to give food and launch a feeding program to the hungry people of Detroit with soup & sandwiches. Finally, the lines developed and it grew to more than two thousand people waiting for food to be served every day. This made the friars decide to do more projects related to feeding programs.
The asked the people from secular Franciscans to join them and to also gather more foods from the farms to create soups, bread and other meals using the monastery hall. This project led to the growth and development of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. They continuously serves people who suffer from hunger and poverty and those who do not have sufficient needs like food, clothes, home, household items and even people who lack motivation and those who are in need of rehabilitation. They are also into helping people by supporting them and providing them adequate self-esteem booster for their social and psychological needs too.
For those who are not aware about Capuchins, they are a religious community composed of friars that is inspired by St. Francis of Assisi. They are known as Franciscans who help and work with those who are in need. They serve God through their good deeds to others and by serving different communities as well. Francis of Assisi made a community who will proclaim the good news of God and they don’t choose the kind of people that they serve to but they give the needs of the entire community. 800 years ago, the Capuchins went on in building the Franciscan tradition by means of prayers, preaching, contemplating & most of all caring for the poor and needy people.
Today, they are not just into preaching but they also counsel the people and help them cook as well. They also minster to some hospitals, schools and their soup kitchen became their primary lead to mission fields. They are composed of pastors, missionaries, farmers, writers, mechanics and people from various fields in life. All of them are very happy with the gifts that they are sharing with the less fortunate people and they are very happy because of the gift of life to them from God.
Through their life they were able to help and minster to others, they were able to do mission works so that others will also be blessed and they will also be able to enjoy the gifts that God has created for mankind. This has been the foundation of Capuchin and Franciscan life, the friars continuously serve in different ministries that may include social service, and they are also offering their retreat houses to different schools in places like Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Arizona, Nicaragua, Panama and others. They have been serving and spreading the good news of God for more than one hundred twenty five years now.
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