Marshallians launch charity to help homeless and disadvantaged

Knights and Dames of Marshall

Source: Diocese of Brentwood

The London branch of a Catholic friendly society, the Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall, launches its charity “Marshallan Charitable Incorporated Organization (Maredes)” for the homeless and disadvantaged on September 10, 2022.

Marshallians uphold the cause of charity, as faithful friends to the poor, afflicted and needy in society.

They said in a statement: “We help change the community, town or city we are in through charitable activities to support churches, communities, families, youth groups, hospitals, etc. .” The group has supported London’s homeless charity Caritas Anchor House for many years, for example.

The new initiative has been some time in the planning. The aspiration to establish a charity wing of the Order in the UK has been delayed by the pandemic, but the long-held ambition to establish a charity in the UK has now been realised. Working with the Catholic Church of England, the Order eventually succeeded in gaining Charitable Incorporated Organization status in the UK.

The Marshallian initiative aims to:

• help homeless people become independent, enabling them to contribute positively to the community;

• placing the faith/Church in the community by helping homeless people find their vocations/talents through trades such as electrical and plumbing training courses and coaching;

• contribute to reducing ethnic generational dependence on government benefits;

• and promote the integration of homeless people and disadvantaged ethnic minorities into British culture.

The inauguration of the IOC will begin with Mass, which will be celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson, at 12:00 p.m. at St Antony of Padua Catholic Church, Forest Gate. Following the Eucharistic celebration, the official launch of the IOC will follow at 1.30pm with refreshments afterwards at St Antony’s Catholic School, Forest Gate. All welcome.

The theme of the celebration is: “Strengthening our Catholic/Christian faith: working with the needy and homeless in society”. It aims to live the call of the Gospel – “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me” (Matthew 25:40).

The launch will be attended by the Bishop for Migrants, the Right Reverend Paul McAleenan, as well as the Ghanaian High Commissioner, HE Papa Owusu-Ankomah and representatives from all African Catholic chaplaincies. Rokhsana Fiaz OBE, the Mayor of Newham, was also invited. The parish priest of Forest Gate, Fr John Jesus Moloney, along with Father William Damah CSSP, a member of the Order, and Fr Francis Ward, are supporting the organization of the event.


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