Students continue Sisters' partnership with St. Ben's

Friday, January 25, 2013 7:00:00 PM

Stritch has a long history with St. Benedict the Moor Parish’s community meal program. In the 1970s, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi began volunteering with St. Ben's. For more than 30 years, the University has served food to the hungry in Milwaukee.

St. Ben’s is open six nights per week to serve the community meal. In recent years, the program has fed nearly 330 individuals each day.

Campus Ministry provides year-round support to St. Ben's by donating food and service on the first Thursday of every month. (To learn how one Stritch student single-handedly raised enough money to fund the University’s contributions in the summer months, visit Stritch Magazine.)

Stritch’s First Year Experience students are the most recent to lend their hands to the local ministry. Three years ago, the FYE committee discussed ways to integrate a service component into students' experience, and the community meal program seemed like a natural fit.

Since then, each FYE class serves one night at St. Ben’s during the fall semester, resulting in 150-200 student volunteers per year.

The freshmen volunteers contribute fruit to the meal and “work the floor,” clearing plates, pouring coffee, and getting to know St. Ben’s guests.

Proceeds from the annual FYE car wash are also donated to the community meal program.

Campus Ministry director Jon Metz says that the students enjoy the experience, and many choose to serve even after their FYE classes have ended.

To help Stritch continue its ministry, please contact Jon Metz at or visit St. Ben’s website.