Sant’Egidio community meets Jesus in the elderly

By Allison Ciraulo of Today’s Catholic News

SOUTH BEND — When Richard LaSalvia and Daniel Philpott first walked through the doors of Cardinal Nursing Home to inquire about visiting the residents, the staff was happy to welcome what it figured would be another short-term round of volunteers. LaSalvia and Philpott were interested in establishing a South Bend branch of the Community of Sant’Egidio, an international lay movement that seeks to evangelize the poor through prayer and friendship.

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