Pray for People in Need

Please remember people who are homeless and hungry in your prayers, as well as the staff and volunteers who make The Father McKenna Center a place of welcome and healing.of volunteers each year.

Our work at the Center is rooted in the values and ideals of Father Horace McKenna, a Jesuit priest, and thus we are consciously Ignatian in our way of proceeding.

St. Ignatius invites us to experience the Gospel by putting ourselves into the story, to experience the sights and the sounds and the sensations of Jesus’ followers.

In much the same way, we invite you to place yourself prayerfully in the story, as it were, of a person who is homeless. To imagine the sights, sounds, and sensations that our guests experience on the streets.

As you explore our website, you will see images and read stories that invite you in. You are welcome to prayerfully enter into the story.

Prayer can be a very powerful connector to other people.

Pray with Horace McKenna

Prayer brings us closer to God, to his suffering children, and to the hope of consolation for all.

Prayer for a Pandemic

By Cameron Bellm

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between
preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care
for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money
in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Before Meals

As you sit down to dinner with your family, remember our guests who have no table of their own.

For people who are hungry;
For people who are homeless;
For people who are hurting.
May hearts and hands be open to bring comfort and care.