The banner outside the St. Vincent de Paul Shelter for Women and Families proclaims that “Love Lives Here,” a sign that all are welcome, all are treated with dignity, respect, and compassion, and all we do is rooted in love for God and neighbor.
On an even deeper level, though, Love lives here in the flesh. Right here in this shelter rests the beating heart of St. Vincent de Paul’s ministries and mission: the Presence of Jesus in the Eucharistic chapel.
A labor of love and 100% privately donated by 55 families, the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel was transformed from a musty, abandoned storage unit into a humble but beautiful haven for guests, volunteers, and staff to experience quiet and communal prayer and reflection.
It is here we remember that we are each loved infinitely and unconditionally by God, and here that we find the grace to share that love with each person we encounter.
Each weekday there is a holy hour of Eucharistic Adoration. During this reverent time of prayer, Jesus’ Body, in the form of the Consecrated Host, is placed on the altar in a sacred vessel called a Monstrance.
Heavenly incense lifts the heart in prayer, reverence, and awe. The soft glow of candlelight glimmers against the silver and gold of the Monstrance—the Light of the World embracing those before Him with Love.
It is an immense gift to have this space, and even more so to have the real Presence of Jesus in this shelter, where there is so much poverty, trauma, and brokenness. Even for those who do not yet know Him, He loves them, and His Presence is a source of grace. The grace in this chapel has the power to transform the shelter–and us–from the inside out.
We welcome you to join us in prayer—be assured of our prayers for you!
Eucharistic Adoration with rosary is Monday—Friday at 10 a.m. led by Director of Spirituality, Deacon Mark Danis. The chapel is open daily from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. for personal prayer and reflection. Check this link for directions and our current schedule. We hope to see you!
Photos by Bobby Kenney III