Dr. Andrew Simone is a Harvard educated dermatologist who continues to run a dermatology walk-in clinic in Toronto, Canada. He is co-founder and chair of Canadian Food for Children and Silent Children’s Mission – both charities that serve the poorest of the poor in many developing countries. Joan Simone is co-founder and treasurer of both charities. When they were first called by God to serve the poor they were raising thirteen children and fostering many children in their home. They live on Divine Providence – giving all the money they earn to the poor. Their inspiration comes from their close association as co-workers with Blessed Mother Teresa and later with her blessing they started CFFC in 1985. CFFC sends containers of mostly food as well as clothing and medical supplies to missionaries in developing countries. They felt called to start a sister charity, Silent Children’s Mission in 2005 – this charity assists missionaries by providing monetary means to help the poorest of the poor - especially in missions where they are unable to send a container.
They are devoted to their Catholic faith and find inspiration from the saints – especially St. Francis of Assisi as both are professed Secular Franciscans. Both Joan and Andrew have received the Order of Canada, the Papal Cross and Doctorate of Sacred Letters as well as many other awards in recognition for their devotion to family, faith and service to the poor.
Click on the image below to read a personal letter from Mother Teresa.