The Rev. Tom Lumpkin (l) and the Rev. Paul Mayer stand on the front steps of St. Patrick's cathedral today where they held a liturgy of resistance to protest the continuing of the conflict in Indochina. Both men show the effects of a...
Father Tom Lumpkin's talk on "Detroit's Day House & Manna Community Meal Soup Kitchen". Fr. Tom has been a Catholic priest since 1964. He served at three parishes until 1978, and was then appointed to the Catholic Worker Community in Detroit, whose focus is to protest injustice, war, racism and violence of all forms. For the last 37 years, Father Tom has been serving at Day House, a shelter for abused women and their children, and the Manna Community Meal Soup Kitchen, providing free, hot meals to the homeless. As we begin the Season for Nonviolence, and our annual Random Acts of Kindness Campaign, we are honored to hear the story of Father Tom, who has spent his life showing kindness and giving comfort and assistance to those who need it most in our community.
At 8:30 in the morning, outside St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Detroit,about 20 men slouch against a wall, waiting for Father Tom Lumpkin toopen a soup kitchen. Some are the traditional clients: winos and streetpeople, refugees from a coherent, workaday life. But these days thereis a new and growing group whose presence seems to Father Lumpkin ashocking sign of Michigan's economic blues. They are men in theirprime, sturdy, able but unemployed, and baffled to find themselvestaking charity.