Joseph Mueller was someone who always cared about helping others. He joined the Kenedy Memorial Foundation in 1989 because the charity aligned with his values.
His daughter, Julianna Mueller Clardy said she heard about it on a daily basis growing up.
"His whole motto in life was we were put on this earth to help others," Clardy said.
The Mother Teresa Shelter and Diocese of Corpus Christi honored Mueller, 90, by naming the shelter's multipurpose room in his honor Tuesday afternoon.
Mueller, who could not attend because of his declining health, was instrumental in establishing the shelter, said Linda McKamie, executive director of Catholic Charities. He stepped down from the charity in 2001, after serving as director and president of the board.
"It goes back to the beginning ... when (the shelter) was but a dream," McKamie said. "It was Mueller and the Kenedy Foundation that gave us a $90,000 grant to purchase the land." Catholic Charities runs the Mother Teresa Shelter.
Bishop Michael Mulvey blessed the building after praising Mueller for his dedication to the shelter. Marc Cisneros, CEO of the Kenedy Foundation, spoke about the friendship they shared.
"Once in a while you run across a person who genuinely feels for the poor," Cisneros said. "Joe was always like that. I cherish him a lot."
Clardy accepted the honor on her fathers behalf and a read a letter from him, where he thanked the workers at the shelter for continuing to help others.
She said her father wished he could have been at the ceremony.
"He'd be here in his cowboy hat shaking hands and asking if he could get anyone anything," Clardy said.
Story contributed by Corpus Christi Caller-Times/Fares Sabawi/Caller-Times
Photo contributed by Corpus Christi Caller-Times/Gabe Hernandez/Caller-Times
Catholic Charities Ministry and Life Enrichment for Persons with Disabilities presented 100 bags of non-perishable items to Mother Teresa Shelter after Mass in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at St. John Paul II High School on May 15.
Father Patrick Higgins, chaplain of the special needs community, presented Sister Rose Paul Madassery, SABS, Operations Supervisor of Mother Teresa Shelter, with the bags after celebrating Mass. Deacon Michael Rauen assisted.
Father Higgins said that In January he met with persons with disabilities to discuss ways in which they "as a community can live out the Spiritual and Corporal works of Mercy, especially during this Year of Mercy as proclaimed by Pope Francis."
To fulfill the Corporal Works of Mercy "to feed the hungry" the special needs community agreed to collect non-perishable food and money donations after Mass on Sunday through the middle
Sister Rose expressed her gratitude and mentioned that the shelter had been running low on
pot noodles and how blessed they were to receive these items at this time.
Father Higgins praised the community for their generosity and said "something as little as collecting small amounts of food items over a period of time can make a huge impact in the community."
"The special needs community, many of whom have major disabilities and are on fixed incomes, wanted to fulfill the corporal work of mercy to “feed the hungry” and respond to the request of our holy father Pope Francis to be merciful in this Year of Mercy," Father Higgins said.
The bags were filled with various snacks, pot noodles, water, candy, a rosary and a spiritual card. The bags were a donation from the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) and $127 was collected from the church community to buy additional items. The goods will be distributed to area homeless who frequent the day shelter.
Story contributed from the South Texas Catholic
In April of 2015, Pope Francis stood in front of the Holy Door in the atrium of St. Peter's Basilica and formally proclaimed a "Holy Year of Mercy" to be observed from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016. On December 8, 2015, the Holy Father formally opened that door and the Year of Mercy. The "Door of Mercy" is opened to evoke the concept of forgiveness and reconciliation, which is the main focus of this Holy Year of Mercy.
With the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis focuses attention to our merciful God who invites all men and women to return to Him. The encounter with God inspires in us the virtue of Mercy. The Holy Father stated: “This is the time of mercy. It is important that the lay faithful live it and bring it into different social environments. Go forth!”
During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Catholic Charities will focus on educating our community by reintroducing the history and service of each one of our Departments and Programs. Starting in January 2016, chronologically, each Department of Catholic Charities will be outlined on our website under a segment entitled “Our Purpose and Our Call to Serve.”
Among the many responsibilities of Catholic Charities we are witness to the love of Christ and to our faith that is our voice to the poor. Poverty calls us to sow hope.
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Representatives from Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi and the Mother Teresa shelter attended the Agency Relations Annual Food Bank Conference. The conference allowed the opportunity to network with other agencies and pantries throughout the Coastal Bend. Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi and the Mother Teresa Shelter both received recognition at the conference.
The Mother Teresa Shelter offers the area homeless several options for meals throughout the day.
Breakfast: 8:00 am
Open for everybody
Snack: 10.30 am
Snacks during this time are for registered clients only
Snack: 2:00 pm
Open for everybody
Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi offers additional supportive services to the Mother Teresa Shelter. For more information on Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi, Inc. go to www.catholiccharities-cc.org