Homeless Jesus

The Boston Project

Homeless Jesus | Stewart/Loflin Faith Based Art

“That is Jesus. That is how we should perceive the least among us in our heart.” 

-Timothy P. Schmalz


About the Project

A life-size sculpture of Jesus, depicted as a homeless person lying down on a bench will be installed at the Basilica of Perpetual Help located in Boston, MA.

The body is laying down on the bench covered by a blanket with the feet exposed. You know it is Jesus by the marks on the feet signifying the crucifixion.

The sculpture brings reflection and awareness to the perception of even the least among us.

Tim describes the experience of seeing the Pope when presented with a miniature version of the piece in St. Peter’s Square in 2013.

“He walked over to the sculpture, and it was just chilling because he touched the knee of the Jesus in the Homeless sculpture, and closed his eyes and prayed. It was like, that’s what he’s doing throughout the whole world: Pope Francis is reaching out to the marginalized.”

Current Worldwide Locations

Papal Charities Building, Vatican City

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

Catholic Charities, Washington D.C

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Singapore

St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York, New York

Holy Magdalena Church, Bruges, Belgium

St. George’s Tron Church, Glasgow, Scotland

Sant’Egidio, Antwerp, Belgium

St. Anne’s Square, Manchester, England

Sant’Egidio Headquarters, Trastevere, Rome

Capernaum, Israel

Almundena Cathedral, Madrid, Spain

About  the Location

Boston Basilica

In 1832, the centennial year of the foundation of the Congregation, six Redemptorist missionaries (three priests and three brothers) traveled to the United States of America to establish the first mission outside of Europe.

Within the mission of the religious order, a strong Marian connection is always present. St. Alphonsus wrote many beautiful songs, litanies, and painted images of Mary.

In 1866, Pope Pius IX entrusted the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help to the Redemptorists with the order to “make her known”. In fulfilling this mission, the order has faithfully promoted devotion to Mary through novenas, preaching, and venerating her image across the world. The icon is one of the most recognized Marian images.

Today, the Redemptorists number more than 5,300 priests and brothers serving in 76 countries worldwide. All Redemptorists use the initials “C.Ss.R.” after their last names. These four letters are an abbreviation for Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris, the Latin for “Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.” Redemptorist priests and brothers all profess vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Boston’s Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is one of over twenty parishes served by the Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province.

With an honored heritage dating back to 1869, our multi-faceted parish has been a foundational ministry that has thrived for over a century.

Redemptorists today strive to meet the challenges in the life of the Church through diverse evangelization efforts.

Tending to the needs of numerous cultures, languages and opportunities, Boston’s community continues the ongoing work of outreach to the poor, sick and marginalized.

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