Here’s an inspiring story of faith and hope amidst the urban decay of Baltimore, Maryland. Fr. James Boric, Pastor of Baltimore’s historic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary has a plan to bring Christ to an area with unbridled homelessness and drug addiction among its residents.
Part One of Fr. Boric’s plan is to make the Basilica more accessible to people in the area by extending the church’s open hours until 8 p.m. with adoration for most of that time. Hours for confession are also being extended.
Part two of Fr. Boric’s approach will be utilizing young “urban missionaries” to bring the Church’s message of reconciliation to the marginalized on the streets of Downtown Baltimore. These “Urban Missionaries” will be housed in an unused convent next to the Basilica. Their mission is not relegated to handouts, but rather helping the needy access soup kitchens, shelters, welfare agencies, and various Catholic Charities. Fr. Boric added that another part of their mission will be to “learn the names and the stories of all the homeless around the basilica. They will become friends with them. They will bring Jesus Christ to them.”
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