Saint John’s Hospice

Ministry of the Homeless

Saint John’s Hospice is a Catholic Social Services shelter for men located in Center City Philadelphia.
(1221 Race Street, Philadelphia PA 19107)

Established in 1963 by Monsignor Anthony J. O’Neill, Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Church,
and The Little Brothers of The Good Shepherd, Saint John’s was created as an outreach ministry
to serve and assist the poor and homeless in the community.

Saint John’s continues to provide crucial, life-sustaining services and meals
with dignity, respect and compassion to homeless men in Philadelphia.

Parishioners Mark and Cathy Kenney volunteer to coordinate and help
to keep the collection efforts going for Saint John’s Hospice.

The truck picks up collections the 1st Tuesday of each month,
therefore collections are made at St. Francis the weekend prior to pick ups.
Collection Reminders are announced in the Church Bulletin,
usually the week prior to a scheduled pick up.

Items Always In Need:

Breakfast items – cereals, breakfast bars, coffee, tea, juice

Personal Care items – hand sanitizer, bath soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, tooth paste, lotion, lip balm and shaving items.

Clothing – men’s socks, gloves, scarves and beanie hats. New and/or gently used clothing items

Items can be left in the church entrance ways/vestibules on Collection Weekends




** Please Note **  Casseroles are also needed. Casseroles are what the men eat
for lunch and dinner
and are greatly appreciated!
The recipes and containers are available in

the Church vestibule and the Rectory during regular business hours.

Casseroles may be dropped off at Cathy’s house (in the cooler by the front door).
Casseroles are due the same weekends the Saint John’s Hospice Collections take place.

(Please refer to Collection Schedule above)
Please email Cathy at to make arrangements
for drop offs at her house. Pickup can also be arranged.

Saint John’s Hospice is an independent 501c3 agency associated
with the charitable work of Catholic Social Services.

Contact: Cathy and Mark Kenney at
if you wish to drop off items at our home, or for more information about this ministry.