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Fr. Innocent hangs out with Lawrence in the courtyard.
Around the corner is the famous Ladder 55, "The War Wagon" station of the FDNY.
A snapshot of the South Bronx in the late 1970s
Nancy Black, one of the first supporters/volunteers/cooks/and everything else ...
... still cooking for the men ...
... and creating a feast for the celebration ...
... because everyone deserves a good meal.
Melrose and 156th, the South Bronx, proper
Br. Patrick from Cork, Ireland, brings some supplies ...
... and works with the residents ...
... to get them in storage.
A resident from the neighborhood greets Fr. Innocent ...
... who was walking out of the friary.
Br. Simon's idea of "street evangelization"
Two volunteers making room in the kitchen
Fr. Lewis mans the dishes.
A woman prepares the flower arrangements for the tables.
Scaffolding on the side of St. Crispin's, as the repairs continue to go on.
Now here's what the shelter looks like.
Br. Simon taking us to see the shelter
St. Anthony at the entrance
The chapel where they pray
A small garden with the Blessed Mother on the roof
And have you ever seen a shelter with a koi pond?
The office where things get organized
One of the lounge areas for the residents ...
... which is very comfortable ...
... and a true respite from the street
The formerly derelict building that has been restored and now saves the live of many
And the fire escape ... It is the Bronx.
A beautiful day to celebrate a beautiful anniversary
A table set for the celebration
A banner of the Blessed Mother that's hanging at the center of the tent
Fr. Innocent coaching the staff
Holy Hour
The source of all the grace ...
... that brings healing ...
... and hope ...
... to the residents ...
... and strength ...
... to the friars ...
... and blesses the community.
Fr. Lewis vests for the Mass
And Mass begins.
Fr. Glen Sudano about those they serve: "We see Christ many times crucified, sometimes glorified, but he's always there."
Fr. Lewis makes a few remarks about the Shelter and the Mission of the CFRs in the Bronx.
Some residents of the shelter ...
... in true fellowship.
Fr. Innocent celebrates the Mass.
The moment of consecration ...
... a moment of grace.
A hug of brotherly love from Fr. Lewis to the priest who is spiritual director to many of the friars.
The door where countless souls in need ...
... were welcomed with mercy and respect.
And on to the celebration!
Br. Simon makes some of his famous smoothies ...
... as volunteers, residents and friends ...
... take in the joy of what's possible ...
... when one's hope is placed in Christ.
And a few of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal pop their heads in ...
... along with Fr. Apostoli's brother ...
... to see the tree that grows in the Bronx.