On behalf of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul — Diocesan Council of Pittsburgh, we are writing to express our strongest support for Holy Family Institute’s plans to shelter vulnerable children caught up in the crisis on our nation’s southern border.
As Christians, our mandate from the Gospel of Matthew 25:35-40 is very clear and very simple: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. … Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul annually serve over 100,000 people in need throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh. We are charged with seeing the face of Christ in the person before us regardless of economic level, political affiliation, ethnic background, racial heritage, national origin or immigration status. We are grateful to Holy Family Institute for seeing the face of the Christ-child in the young people they are preparing to serve during this national crisis.
Diocesan Council President
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul