Open Door Cafe
20 years ago a homeless man rang the
Cathedral rectory door bell and asked for money so he could buy something to
eat. Fr. Louis Koran, a retired priest living at the Cathedral, invited the
hungry stranger to wait at the open door. He hastened to the rectory kitchen
and made the man a sandwich.
Word of this kindness spread. Before long,
the daily visitors in need of something to eat became too much for Fr.
Koran to handle alone. He asked some parishioners to help.
Responding as the Cathedral always has, the
"baloney brigade" was born and the Door Ministry―a
program of distributing bag lunches at the rectory door to all who were
...in October 2002 the Door Ministry
program moved indoors to the newly renovated Weakland Center's Open Door
Cafe. Now in addition to the warm caring smile and greetings of those
who served them, the hungry could sit down to a nourishing hot meal of meat
or fish, fruit and vegetables.
Meals are presently served Sunday through
Friday to a daily average of 180 men, women and children. It is the
only regular mid-day meal available in the city for the poor and homeless.
Nearly 57,000 meals were
served last year.
For detailed information on
the daily activity of the Open Door Cafe, follow this link:
Through selfless caring...
...the Open Door Cafe is blessed to
have a pool of 200 plus scheduled volunteers who come from the Cathedral
family, businesses in the area and schools and churches throughout Milwaukee
to prepare and serve the meals.
The Cathedral meal ministry continues to
meet the basic needs of the poor and homeless of the downtown neighborhoods
because of all these volunteers who give of their time. Talk to any one of
them, though, and they will tell you they receive so much more in return.
We are grateful to these major donors for
their gifts to the Cathedral's Outreach Ministries, especially the Open Door
Cafe, since January 2009.
through the Wisconsin Energy
Park Bank Foundation
Hunger Task Force
A.W. Asmuth Foundation
Helen Bader Foundation
The Catholic Community
Chiara Corporation (St.
If you would like to assist
this ministry with a donation, please follow this link: