Sr. Alicia Torres, F.E., is a member of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago, a religious community that carries out the mission of the Church through service to the poor, evangelization, teaching and Eucharistic Adoration (www.FranciscansOfTheEucharistofChicago.com). Since 2009 she has lived and served at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago's West Humboldt Park neighborhood, helping bring food, other material resources and family, youth and senior enrichment programs to the neighborhood, in addition to the hope and love that come from a relationship with Jesus Christ. She studied theology at Loyola University Chicago (BA, '07) and Mundelein Seminary (MDiv, '15), and is currently pursuing a MA in Teaching at Dominican University in River Forest. She has been involved in many media projects, including competing & winning on the Food Network's Chopped and has contributed articles to several online and print outlets, including First Things and Living City.
From meeting Sr. Alicia, she is kind and also knowledgeable on how to encourage others to help those who are in need through action (volunteering and praying). She also appeared in a TV show called Chopped where she increased awareness about homelessness issues and her ministry, which was a great way to spread the need for support of programs for those experiencing poverty and homelessness.
According to the Nominator:
I've only met her a few months ago at a Campus Ministry event where she spoke about her ministry at the Our Lady of Angels church. In talking with her, she conveyed her deep commitment and passion about her work to support those who are experiencing poverty and homelessness. She raises awareness and funds to support this church's program and for others in the Chicago area.