Archbishop Blase Cupich visited with families, veterans and senior citizens today at Catholic Charities New Year's Day celebration meal.
It was held at the Montgomery Club, 500 West Superior Street in Chicago.
For nearly 100 years Catholic Charities has been an indispensable part of Chicago's social safety net. The organization provides shelters for the homeless, food assistance for struggling families and seniors, job training and more -- regardless of religion, race or creed.
"Trying to take care of over a million people a year is not an easy task," John Ryan of Catholic Charities tells WGN. "We raise over $25 million a year to help us do that."
Catholic Charities clients enjoyed a wonderful New Year's Day meal, the seventh annual served by staffers at Chicago's famed Gibson restaurant group. Whitney Foods, Linz Meats, Stockyards, U.S. Foods, Highland Bakery, Coca Cola and Mariano's donated food for today's event.
Many of Gibson's managers, chefs and waiters worked New Year's Eve until 2 or 3 a.m. and volunteered their time at today's event, despite sleep deprivation.
Archbishop Cupich was there to lend a hand.
Like many Catholics and others in Chicago he is praying for Francis Cardinal George, who suffered a setback with his experimental cancer treatment. Doctors determined that the treatment program was not working.
To help Catholic Charities with their important work, log on to their website: catholiccharities.net