Boston, Mass., Sep 22, 2005 / 22:00 pm
A year-round parish-based meal center for the poor and hungry of Lawrence is a go after Fr. Paul O’Brien managed to coordinate a major funding campaign that raised $900,000.
At a news conference yesterday, Archbishop Sean O'Malley of Boston pledged to pick up the remaining costs, estimated at $500,000, from the sale of closing parishes, reported the Boston Globe.
The pastor of St. Patrick Church, one of the poorest parishes in the region, got a little help from his friends for the campaign — former Harvard University housemate, comedian Conan O’Brien, and Cincinnati Reds first baseman Sean Casey.
Funds to the tune of $450,000 came from the sale of edgy T-shirts. They are sold through a Web site, labelsareforjars.org. The T-shirts carry pejorative labels on the front, like addict or homeless, and on the back simply have the Web site address. They come in mason jars that can be used to collect donations. The T-shirts are also sold at Newbury Comics, and by area students.