Pope Francis Build: Helping two Wichita families in need of a home

Newman University partnered with Habitat for Humanity and the Catholic Diocese of Wichita to help two families in need of a new home. Both families are headed by working single mothers who are fighting to keep their children in school and keep them safe.

Newman University Student Government President Brandon Golhofer (left) and Newman University Faculty Senate President John McCormick (right) break in the build with Blanca Fernandez and her daughter. Photo credit: Christopher Riggs, Catholic Advance
Newman University Student Government President Brandon Golhofer (left) and Newman University Faculty Senate President John McCormick (right) break in the build with Blanca Fernandez and her daughter. Photo credit: Christopher Riggs, Catholic Advance

The Most Rev. Carl E. Kemme, Bishop of the Wichita Catholic Diocese, blessed the ground on which the houses will be built. "It is not shameful to be poor," Bishop Kemme said during the blessing. "It is shameful to have more than what we need and not share it with those in need."

The project, "Pope Francis Build," is dedicated to Pope Francis and broke ground on Aug. 27, 2015. Bishop Kemme said "This build reflects Pope Francis when he said, 'The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need.'"

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