St. Francis of Assisi worked to rebuild the church in the early 13th century. But he was also known as Poverello; the poor little one who cared for those in need. The Franciscans carry the mission and spirit of St. Francis. In Wednesday June 27th's episode of Catholic
Focus – entitled Poverello -- we hear from a Capuchin Franciscan, Fr. Joe MacDonald, regarding his mission to the homeless through Poverello Charities. We will also hear from two young people, Audrey Naluz and Arianne Villa of St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, who were so touched by his work that they produced a 20-minute documentary called Poverello.
Other special guests on the show include Virginia Bodsworth, a teacher from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Secondary School, in Mississauga, Ontario and supporter of the Poverello mission and documentary, as well as Jim Chambers, teacher and supporter at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School.
Catholic Focus: Poverello airs Wednesday at 7pm and 11pm ET with an encore presentation on Saturday, June 30th, at the same times.
For more information on Poverello Charities and the work of Audrey and Arianne, check out these articles:Push Poverty Agenda, activists told. April 27, 2007.Homelessness seen through teens’ lens. October 24, 2006.Joe Jobs: Fr. Joe.