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Reflection: "No One Else Could Do What I'm Doing"

By: Jean Giesige

In the life of a missionary, what goes around comes around. Nearly 20 years ago Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S., met a young man named Xavier McElrath-Bey when Fr. Kelly went to minister at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago.

"I was facing a murder charge, and Fr. Kelly was a great source of consolation to me," McElrath-Bey said. "He shared the Word of God with me, and he kept me motivated, thinking about my future."

His future looked bleak, but Fr. Kelly never gave up on him. "People thought I couldn’t change," he said. When he was released from the detention center, Fr. Kelly and many others helped him turn his life around...