Sr. Julia Huiskamp Speaking at Old St. Pat's

Sr. Julia Huiskamp, D.C.
Old St. Patrick's Church 
Sunday, August 3rd


Sr. Julia will be speaking about Marillac's 100th anniversary celebrations and the history between Marillac and Old St. Pat's Church.

A second collection will benefit Marillac on this "Mission Sunday."

Old St. Pat’s has a long and rich history with Marillac and the Daughters of Charity. Marillac actually started at Old St. Pat's 100 years ago. We are glad that traditions such as this can continue on and our collaboration has remained strong throughout the years. This summer, these partnerships will be celebrated at Old St. Pat’s with Sunday mass on August 3rd.

Sr. Julia Huiskamp, D.C. has given her life in service to the poor, and has been a diligent and undying advocate in the fight for social justice in our shared communities. In 2013, she received the Outstanding Partner Award at the annual Beacon of Hope Luncheon. As a Daughter of Charity, Sr. Julia spent 18 years working at Marillac during a period of tremendous social change and community revitalization. 

At the invitation of Father William J. McNamee, pastor of Old St. Patrick’s Church, the Catholic Social Center was established in 1914 on the corner of Sangamon and Jackson Blvd. The first two Daughters of Charity to staff the new service were Sister DeSales Douglas and Sister Paula Courleaux. The services consisted of a Day Nursery, a Kindergarten, a lunch room for those who lived and worked in the neighborhood, and programs for women. 

After 32 years of service, the Catholic Social Center relocated to California and Jackson Blvd. In June 1947 the work continued under a new name, Marillac Social Center, called Marillac House in honor of St. Louise de Marillac, who with St. Vincent de Paul founded the Daughters of Charity. At the new site, the Sisters and staff continued to provide child care for young children of working parents and single parent families.
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