The Road to Emmaus

A FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE IN HARLEM

Emmaus House, in New York City’s Harlem, is a community of formerly homeless people who serve the homeless. It was founded in the 1960s by Fr. David Kirk, a Melkite priest who became Orthodox a couple of years before his death in 2007. Fr. David was at the Catholic Worker before starting Emmaus House. He had thought of opening a house of hospitality in lower Manhattan, but Dorothy Day told him he should go to Harlem, and he did, with some friends who, like him, were...

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John Garvey is an Orthodox priest and columnist for Commonweal. His most recent book is Seeds of the Word: Orthodox Thinking on Other Religions.