The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels establishes a Catholic presence in the
Humboldt Park area on Chicago’s west side. This area presently is one of
the poorest neighborhoods in the City of Chicago. The purpose of the
Mission is to assist the poor and evangelize through an apostolate of prayer,
retreats and preaching. Mention of Our Lady of the Angels brings to mind for
many people the school fire of December 1, 1958, in which 92 students and
three religious sisters perished. In 2005, Cardinal George invited Fr. Bob
Lombardo, CFR, to establish the Mission at the site of the tragic fire. Fr. Bob
is one of the founding friars of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, along
with Fr. Benedict Groeschel.
young adults who are desiring religious life as Franciscans. It also serves as
Fr. Bob's headquarters from which he helps coordinate programs at the new
Kelly Hall YMCA and oversees the renovation of the Convent across the
street. The Convent has been renovated and has 35 rooms ready and
waiting for your church, school or civic group to come for a retreat or a few
days of service.
The pictures you see on this web site testify to the many who have shared
their time, talent and resources to help create this Mission. Fr. Bob is
grateful to everyone, and considers what has occurred at the Mission to be
miraculous. Yet, there is still much work to be done.
|Mission of Our Lady of the Angels
3808 W. Iowa St., Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 486-8431 Fax (773) 486-8432
|Mission of Our Lady of the Angels
--A Catholic outreach on the West side of Chicago
For those new to the Mission, it is comprised of four components:
The Rectory, Kelly Hall, the Convent, and now the Church.
Some of our favorite pages from the past:
Although we have revamped the web site to streamline it a bit, we did not
want to lose some of our favorite pages from the past.
The Mission is not just about who comes to volunteer today or tomorrow, but
it is about the whole Mission family, including those who got us to where we
are today. It's about those who come week after week to volunteer from the
Chicagoland area, those who come for a yearly project like our Virginia Tech
students who assist during their spring break, those who fly in from other
parts of the country to help Fr. Bob for a weekend, and even those who come
from other parts of the world.
We have such great memories from the last few years.
We don't want to forget that we are more than just what you see today.
We are building not just futures, but also a legacy- a legacy of love.
So, from the past, here are a few of our favorite pages that we didn't want to
lose in the web site renovation. When you are finished viewing one of the
following web pages, just hit the "back" button on your browser to return to
September 2007: Who do we serve?
October 2007: Why do we serve?
June 2008: Are you a disciple, an apostle or both?
Fr. Bob rides into the Big-Hearted Midwest!
A New Year's Reflection
|In addition to the Mobile Food Pantry days and the General Work
Days listed on the "Calendar" page, the Calendar and Wish List
pages will list other ideas for serving at the Mission.
If you think of a project or a way to serve at the Mission, just
contact Fr. Bob. We love good ideas!
|CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Contact Fr. Bob if you would like to be part of something wonderful!
|To learn more about Fr. Bob Lombardo, Click HERE!
to locate the
|We invest in stocks.
We invest in bonds.
We invest in real estate.
Invest in the one thing that can make a true difference.
Invest in The New Evangelization
It can change the world.
Spread the Word.....
It's time to invest in futures!
That's exactly what we do at the Mission.
We invest in the futures of the people who live in the
neighborhood, and in particular in the lives of all those beautiful
We build friendships, stronger families, a better world, and now,
we are building His church.
Thanks for joining us! It wouldn't be the same without you.
If you are just hearing about the Mission,
come see us soon!
|We assist about 700 families per month with good, healthy food. The normal family size is 4.
We have about 130 children each afternoon in the after school program, and then several hundred are involved in various
activities like basketball leagues, public speaking, art, dance, poetry through programs offered at Kelly Hall. We also have
about 25 seniors each Tuesday from 10 AM till 1:30 PM for exercise, computer class, Bible study, lunch and arts/crafts.
|Discernment Community: Read all
about it in The Catholic New World.
Click HERE for PDF version with a
|When you click on the link above, have your sound
turned up. The music is "You Satisfy the Hungry
Heart" from Catholic Classics, Vol. 2. (CD-376)
Recording courtesy of GIA Publications, Inc.
|A NEW COMMUNITY DEVOTED TO SERVING GOD AND OTHERS:
THE FRANCISCANS OF THE EUCHARIST: Professed & Discerners
|If you happen upon this site, this is the historical web site for the Mission, created on November 11, 2007
and decommissioned on September 1, 2013. It helped folks across the country follow the progress as we
rebuilt the rectory, the Parish Hall (now Kelly Hall), the convent and then the church. The Mission now has a
new website. For current info go to www.missionola.com Info on this site would be current as of 9/1/2013.