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He was as soon as referred to as the satan. Now he’s baptized.

Leon Robert Blais’ palms shake as he pulls a .45-calibre semi-automatic handgun out of his backpack.

He fires into the air, a warning for everybody to remain again. The look on his face is tough, however his palms shake a lot he has to place the gun on the bottom, so he can rummage in his backpack for the important thing he’s taken.


The Sept. 23, 1995, headline in The Spectator about Leon Blais reads: ”’Unhealthy child’ behind breakout solely 15.”

Standing with police


Leon Blais stands outdoors St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in downtown Hamilton the place on Fridays the De Mazenod Door Outreach palms out greater than 500 meals a day to Hamilton’s most needy. Many within the line have identified Blais for many years, each from his lifetime of crime and his lifetime of dependancy that adopted.


Sgt. Pete Wiesner, who leads a staff of police that works with weak folks to attach them with sources and divert them away from the legal justice system, has witnessed a change in profession legal Leon Blais and now counts himself as an ally.


Leon Blais first got here to St. Patrick church excessive on crystal meth and in want of a meal. Later he began volunteering. That became a full-time job, the place right now he might be discovered doing all the pieces from selecting up meals deliveries, to mowing the garden. His canine Christina is at all times with him.


Father Tony O’Dell, who calls Leon Blais ”my biggest success in some ways,” says Blais is trusted by the visitors of St. Patrick church.

Addicts and Mob hitmen


Leon Blais, proper, was born in Could 1980, the second of 4 boys, to Kathryn and Leon Blais.


A childhood picture reveals Leon Blais along with his brothers at Christmas.

The primary arrest


As a teen, Leon Blais couldn’t be named as a result of he was a younger offender. As his notoriety grew, The Spectator gave him the nickname Rudy.

A police capturing

Life altering toke


Leon Blais received his begin volunteering at St. Patrick church by selecting up trash.

The baptism


Whereas Leon Blais was initially proof against turning into a parishioner at St. Patrick church, that modified too. After being drawn in by the music, he discovered religion.


Leon Blais is seen right here packing up bagged lunches for the De Mazenod Door Outreach. Final yr, they served 122,000 meals and now they’re serving 500-plus meals a day.

Chalk butterflies


Leon Blais turned an curiosity in chalk artwork into a whole program, together with artwork lessons as soon as a month on the ministry’s gift-shop, humankind: Presents That Matter.

A pivotal second

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