Who We Are
Amy Betros and Norm Paolini formed Madonna of the Streets, Inc as the parent organization that operates St. Luke's Mission of Mercy. Madonna of the Streets, Inc has a formal DBA (Doing Business As) for St. Luke's Mission of Mercy.
Madonna of the streets, Inc also has a formal DBA (Doing Business As) for Our Lady Of Hope Child Services.
St. Luke's Vision is centered on God's call to evangelize. We seek to bring the love and mercy of God to those who feel abandoned by God. Jesus still suffers and thirsts in those in need, and in serving them, we serve Him.
We pursue this vision by:
- Putting into action the works of mercy
- Meeting the basic needs of the least of our brothers and sisters
- Centering our lives on Jesus present in the Eucharist
- Preaching with our lives the Good News of Jesus Christ
St. Lukes is run completely by volunteers, the majority of them lay people. Not one person who works at St. Lukes receives any salary or monetary compensation at all. We are a completely volunteer organization.
St. Lukes is run, first and foremost, by God. It is He who provides all that we need, and He is responsible for anything good that comes out of the Mission. We are forever grateful for His great love and mercy!
The Co-Directors of St. Lukes are Norm Paolini and Amy Betros, who are also the Co-Founders. They have been together in the ministry of serving Gods Poor for over 15 years.
There are 15 lay Missionaries at St. Lukes. Most of these men and women live at or around the Mission and spend all of their time devoted to carrying out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. These people commit themselves, a year at a time to living among and serving Gods poor. They take 5 simple promises of:
The Missionaries strive to fulfill the following spiritual requirements:
- Daily Mass
- Daily Eucharistic Adoration (1 hour)
- Daily reciting of Divine Office (Morning and Evening Prayer)
- Daily Rosary
- Daily Divine Mercy Chaplet
- Reading Sacred Scripture
- Reading the Diary of St. Faustina and other spiritual writings
- Confession at least once a month
- Spiritual Direction once a month
- Performing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy
While most of the Missionaries are single men and women, God has also called two married couples to this ministry, including one couple with 9 children.
There is a fund raising group associated with St. Lukes called the FOSLs (Friends Of St. Lukes). This group was formed back in 1996 to raise money that was desperately needed to pay off a very large natural gas bill (so the FOSL also represented "Fossil" Fuel). They have been in existence ever since and now have branches in the south towns and the Niagara Region. They continue to be a real blessing for us and hold several fund raisers for the Mission throughout the year. They are tireless in their support of the ministry of serving Gods poor.
We also have a group of people who are committed to the Spirituality of St. Lukes and who strive to live it out as best as they can without committing as full time Missionaries. The Spirituality includes frequent confession, daily Mass if possible, Eucharistic Adoration (an hour a week minimum), daily Rosary, daily Divine Mercy Chaplet, reading Sacred Scripture, reading the Diary of St. Faustina and other spiritual writings, and reciting the Divine Office (particularly Morning and Evening Prayer). These people are called Associates and we now have a branch of Junior Associates for youth ages 13 - 18 and we also have a group of Priest Associates.