"At the starting point of our articles, there will hardly be any great ideas, but experiences, testimonials, meetings This blog is inspired by the charism of Heart's Home It will be down-to-earth, upright, and hope-giving…a blog that shows love … "

Father Thierry de Roucy, founder of Heart's Home, world renown philanthropist, Legion-of-Honor recipient, and inspiration for this blog


In distilling the complex events of our world, our contributors from around the globe prick our ears to the tiny voices of hope:

  • Bringing to the spotlight faces and facts that speak of hope for these difficult times — and often do not receive from mainstream media the attention they deserve.
  • Giving a voice to people whose lives and stories are an inspiration for all of us, as they show us how to live compassion concretely in the day-to-day.
  • Offering a unique contribution to public-square discussions by putting them in the perspective of compassion.

New articles will be posted each Friday, offering fresh encounters and reflections on news and culture.


Land of Compassion Team

Rev. Gonzague Leroux
After a Master's in Biology, Rev. Gonzague Leroux spent two years within a Heart's Home Center in Kazakhstan. He then studied philosophy and theology in France and Italy. He was ordained in 2009. In 2010, he received his License and Master's in Dogmatic Theology with the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (CA). He has lived in the United States since 2005, and is now based in New York and he is webmaster and editor of Land of Compassion while managing Heart's Home in Brooklyn and outreaching a variety of people, among them artists and busniness men, in the New York Area.


Rev. Paul Anel
Before joining Heart’s Home in 1998, Rev. Paul Anel graduated with a degree in mathematics. As a volunteer in a Heart's Home Center, He lived in a favela in Brazil for two years. While managing Heart’s Home in Colombia for four years, he got degrees in philosophy and theology. He was for many years the editor of Heart’s Home’s quaterly magazine, for which he wrote many art-related essays. Based in Brooklyn, NY, since 2008, Fr. Paul is now Art Director for the International Center for a Culture of Compassion, which led him to numerous collaborations with such notables as Sagrada Familia’s sculptor Etsuro Sotoo, painter Sean Scully, jazz legend Marjorie Eliot, and acclaimed klezmer musician David Krakauer.