A life-changing experience in 2011 led Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz on a journey to create the Homeless Jesus sculpture, now a highly revered ‘street-artwork’ that Mr. Schmalz limits to 1 in any city.

Mr. Schmalz visited northwest Ohio in February 2017 while he was working with Saint John XXIII Catholic Church in Perrysburg on several pieces of religious art that the church had commissioned for its sanctuary.  He approached Trinity because of its location in the heart of Toledo’s downtown business district, and suggested that this church also consider one of his sculptures. The congregation’s leaders quickly chose Homeless Jesus.

The Rev. Lisa Tucker-Gray, the priest at Trinity, said that the church was very pleased to acquire the sculpture, and decided to display it prominently right next to their front doors on Adams Street “to reflect the heart of who we have been and who we aspire to be – a faithful community working to see the beauty of God’s love in all our neighbors, especially those who too often get pushed to the margins and made invisible.”

Our Homeless Jesus was installed on Sep. 3, 2019, and we offered a blessing over the bronze sculpture during our Homecoming Celebration on, Sept. 22. Check out the video above to experience the installation and blessing!

A special thank you to Dennis Degnan, Vestry member, for coordination the filming of this video and to Randy Duvall for capturing, editing and producing the installation and blessing of Homeless Jesus.

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