Chicago Archbishop Patrick Feehan, a native of Tipperary, Ireland, convened a group of priests and pressed them for a solution to the growing crisis of homeless boys who filled the city’s most dangerous streets. As a result, the Rev. Dennis Mahoney outlined a plan for a working boys home that Feehan quickly endorsed. He assigned Fr. Louis Campbell to run it. Fr. Campbell opened the home in temporary quarters above a library on LaSalle Street, in the shadows of the Chicago Board of Trade Building. He originally names it St. Paul’s Home for Working Boys. Later that same year, the facility is incorporated as a distinct organization within the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and renamed it the Mission of Our Lady of Mercy.