Tuesday, July 23, 2024

On Martin Luther King Day, Bishop Senior Serves the Needy at the Interfaith Shelter

On what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 95th birthday, had not an assassin’s bullet struck him in the right jaw while conversing on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, at 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Bishop Timothy Senior visited Catholic Charities’ Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families at the St. Samuel Center in Harrisburg. Over the Christmas season, some 50 residents filled the shelter to capacity; however, in recent days some of the families have left, after finding permanent residences through Catholic Charities’ assistance.

The Interfaith Shelter provides emergency housing for families in housing crisis and relies on the generous, but always needed donations of food, clothing and financial support for shelter expenses. Bishop Senior toured the facility, and he also helped the staff unbox and restock the food pantry after donations had come in over the weekend.

As part of the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, the bishop also spent fellowship time with the shelter’s families, enjoyed lunch in the dining room.

(Photos by Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness.)

By Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness

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