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Spillane Award Honors Matthew 25 Founder

December 9, 2011 · 1 comment

Originally published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette on May 7, 2008. Link

Matthew 25 tells New Testament readers to feed the hungry, to drink to the thirsty, to welcome strangers and to comfort the sick.

The Rev. Fred Enman, a Jesuit priest at the College of the Holy Cross, has always taken that message to heart.

In the early 1990s, the Worcester native founded “Matthew 25,” an organization that has worked to provide affordable housing to the needy. The group fixes up old houses and then rents them to low-income families.

Very often, the organization enlists the help of Worcester Technical High School and Holy Cross students.

Recently, the Knights of Columbus, Crusader Council 2706, helped Matthew 25 renovate a home in the Piedmont Street area. The tenants moved in last winter.

Fittingly, the council recently honored Rev. Enman for his efforts by giving him the first John W. Spillane Award for Distinguished Christian Leadership.

Mr. Spillane, who died recently, was involved in various charitable efforts in the area. A Holy Cross graduate, he often advised the Crusader Council.

In addition to the award, the council donated $500 to Matthew 25.

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Preaching Definition August 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Thank you for sharing this. He sounds like he was a great man and a blessing to those who knew him.

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