Homeless Jesus Project

“Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Matthew 25:40

In his Letter to Young People in 2018, Pope Francis wrote, “A better world can be built also as a result of your efforts, your desire to change, and your generosity. Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master.”

The Our Lady of Wisdom Newman Center is located at a very busy intersection bustling with college students. The students who walk by the Newman Center are young people with vibrant energy who seek truth and innovative ways to change the world. Homeless Jesus is a provocative work of art that will raise awareness about people who need their help, inspire them to think about solutions, and motivate them to make a difference.

About the Sculpture

A visual representation of Matthew 25, this sculpture suggests that Christ is with the most marginalized in our society. The Christ figure is shrouded in a blanket with His face covered; the only indication that the figure is Jesus being the visible wounds on the feet. The life-size version of the work provides enough room for someone to sit on the bench. The sculpture is cast in bronze metal measuring 36” high x 84” wide x 24” deep

Purpose and Impact on our Community

In bringing this powerful work of art and faith to our community, Our Lady of Widsom Newman Center aims to:

  • Dignify and raise awareness of the homeless, while lifting their spirits so that they might see Christ within themselves
  • Challenge and inspire society to be more compassionate and charitable, and to act upon that inspiration
  • Invite discussion and shock people into thinking about Christianity; a “visual bite” that conveys a powerful spiritual truth in a universal language

About the Artist

Timothy P. Schmalz is a world-renowned sculptor of Christian-themed works from Saint Jacobs, Ontario, Canada, with a true vocation for creating sacred art.

“I am devoted to creating artwork that glorifies Christ. The reason for this devotion, apart from my Christian beliefs, is that an artist needs an epic subject to create epic art. I describe my sculptures as being visual prayers. When I create a three dimensional sculpture in bronze, I am quite aware that it will last longer than myself. I realize I am between two things that are much more durable than myself: Christianity and bronze metal. It is between these that I have developed a subtle appreciation for what Saint Francis meant by “instrument.” Creating art that has the power to convert. Creating sculpture that deepens our spirituality. Attaining these two goals describes my purpose as an artist.” 

Timothy P. Schmaltz