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Heart in NYC
12 Feb

A Heart in NYC – Happy Valentine’s Day 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Leo House, a place also known by our motto, “A heart in NYC.” This is a motto we use to describe more than our convenient central location in the heart of NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. We call The Leo House “a heart in NYC” because of our history as a place of refuge for travelers coming to America with dreams for a better life. The Leo House, in this way, literally provides love and comfort for all people who enter. What better time to talk about spreading love than Valentine’s Day?

The Leo House Logo - A Heart in NYC

The History of “A Heart in NYC”

The Leo House is “a heart in NYC” because of it’s original purpose. The Leo House would provide refuge for German immigrants traveling to NYC who came to America with dreams for a better life. Over one hundred thirty years ago, The Leo House opened in New York City with a most unique mission. On December 7, 1889, Bishop Winand Michael Wigger of New Jersey, with approval from Archbishop Corrigan of New York, formally opened The Leo House. He dedicated its mission to fulfill the aims of the Society for the Protection of Catholic Travelers and immigrants to an organization known as The Saint Raphael Verein. The Leo House would significantly alleviate the uncertainties and dangers in this new land for hundreds of thousands of immigrants and travelers voyaging to America’s shores over the next hundred years.

A New Role for The Leo House

Over time, The Leo House adapted to reflect the changing needs of travelers of all races, religions, and national origins. Since January 2017, The Leo House has welcomed over 44,000 guests. Many visitors have included religious, clergy, relatives of hospital patients, servicemen and women, first responders and other world travelers who nightly fill the rooms.

What is Unique about The Leo House?

The Leo House is the only guesthouse of its kind in the United States. It is also the only hotel with an onsite chapel in New York City. At The Leo House, you can enjoy a good nights sleep, attend morning mass at our in-house chapel and say the rosary in the afternoon. Because our namesake Pope Leo XIII is “the rosary pope,” we offer rosaries free of charge for guests in our lobby.

If you have the means, please consider donating to The Leo House this holiday season or Giving Tuesday 2020. We would greatly appreciate your support.
Help us reach our goal of $5,000 to help the ongoing operations of The Leo House. Your support will help purchase a kitchen stove, provide essential PPE supplies, and ensure that our doors remain open to welcome weary travelers, families, missionaries, and all who have journeyed here seeking rest.

Spreading Love this Valentine’s Day

At The Leo House, we welcome all visitors with compassion, humility, and above all, LOVE. To spread love this Valentine’s Day, we’ll leave you with our favorite bible passages about love for Valentine’s Day. Sending love to you all, from your friends at The Leo House. Share them with friends, family and all loved ones.

Love is patient, Love is kind,
It does not envy, it does not boast,
It is not proud. It does not dishonor others,
It is not self seeking, It is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35-39

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:16-18

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another.

Romans 12:9

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