Sister Barbara Joseph's Food Pantry started a project called "Call to Mercy,” which teaches students in Catholic schools about the Corporal Works of Mercy. It works with each school to promote and teach the Corporal Works of Mercy, in any capacity the school desires. The project is sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Therese, and is funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).
Sister BJ's "Call to Mercy" visited nine Catholic schools across the Oklahoma City area. Sister Barbara Joseph Foley spoke to the students at Bishop John Carrol School about the Corporal Works of Mercy and how to use their faith for action. Students united their efforts through service, and leadership to raise money to purchase a burial plot at Resurrection Cemetery. The students dedicated the plot to a homeless person due to their lack of financial resources.
Saint James Catholic School hosted a canned food drive, and raised more than 4,000 cans for Sister BJ's Food Pantry. Saint James students also raised more than $620 during Lent, by giving up money received from chores and birthdays.
Sister Barbara Joseph gave all students she visited totes to help remind the students of the Corporal Works of Mercy. The grant covered the supplies to create posters, ink cartridges, travel expenses and file folders for leaders in the schools. Sister Barbara Joseph will continue into the next school year, and has many Catholic schools eager to participate in the project.
The goal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is to stop root causes of poverty, Sister BJ's "Call to Mercy" project achieved that goal by deepening Church teachings to engage students.