Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Frassati Society - Sunday Soup Kitchen

On Sunday, a group of young adults from the parish and others involved in the Frassati Society visited the Missionaries of Charity to help serve Sunday lunch at their Soup Kitchen at Elephant and Castle.

We arrived to a packed dining hall of homeless men, with sisters and various volunteers running around doing different jobs. We quickly got stuck in - serving the meal, washing up, making tea, preparing dessert, offering seconds, and then setting up the tables ready for the second sitting. At least 100 men were welcomed and received a good home-cooked meal that afternoon.

The Missionaries of Charity were established in 1950 by Mother Teresa of Calcutta and adhere to the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, with an addition of a fourth vow, to give 'Whole-hearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor.'

In London, the sisters run their soup kitchens every day of the week except on a Thursday where this day is reserved for rest and prayer. If you have any free time during the week and would like to volunteer, please have a look at their weekly schedule which you can find here: