Priest Gave Free Housing For The Poor for Six Decades, Receives Something Nobody Expected! MUST READ!
After providing free housing to the poor for six decades, a German priest has been chosen to receive the prestigious Saint Teresa Award for the year 2016.
Father Leo Schmitt, 88 years old, was born in Germany. However, when he got assigned in the Philippines to be a parish priest, he became very close to the natives. He has been staying in the Philippines for almost 60 years. He is also acknowledged as a Filipino citizen.
Father Leo also established a foundation known as the “Samahang Bagong Buhay” foundation. Because of this, he was able to gather enough funds to buy land and turn it into a relocation sight for unfortunate people.
There were more than a thousand families who were able to transfer to the five relocation site.
“Noong wala na po akong matirahan, doon ko po nakita, na sabi ko, talagang mabait ang Diyos. Talagang si Father Leo talaga yung binigay Niyang instrumento sa amin,” Nila Galletes said, one of the beneficiary of Father Leo, during an interview.
Father Leo’s deep commitment to the poor was the reason was awarded the Saint Teresa Award 2016. The award was given by JCI Manila and it was their 29th year of giving the award. The late Cardinal Sin also received an award.
“What they saw was his contribution and the number of families he helped,” Gio Valencia from JCI Manila said.
Father Leo met Mother Teresa twice, once in Manila and the other in India.
Father Leo said in an interview, “The result was a turn around. From makasarili, makatao at maka-Diyos.”
Father Leo also gave half of the one million that he received alongside the Saint Teresa Award to a home for the aged in Antipolo.