March 1, 2001 Vol. 15, No. 1 [p. 2]

S O S  for Food Service

Sr. Maggie Kosse volunteered her services to The Dwelling Place for 13 years. Through her generosity she not only served wonderful meals, but also made it possible for The Dwelling Place to channel those funds to other needs. Because we operated at a deficit in 2000, we were unable to hire someone in the kitchen to provide meals, even on a part-time basis.

In addition to their other responsibilities, Clare and Mary now staff the kitchen with the help of numerous volunteers. If you feel called to assist on a weekend or a day during the week or if you would be able to send some prepared food, it would be greatly appreciated.

Dwelling Place Volunteer Program

Are you looking for ways to use your talents and skills directly serving those who need and want your help?

The Program is designed for those individuals who may choose to offer service and live-in for a short period or up to a year. They will share in the ministry, life, and prayer of the Community.

Dwelling Place Volunteers are needed with skills in retreat work, building and ground maintenance, food service, library and secretarial work. Volunteers live and work with staff and other volunteers.

If you are interested, contact Clare for further information and the application process.

Who Me? Bring a Group?

The Dwelling Place offers an opportunity for refreshment of body and soul. Consider bringing your prayer group, R C I A team, or a group of faith-filled friends to experience the peace and renewal that so many individuals experience here.

Bring your own director or know that a staff director is available. Tailor the time to fit your need for silence, sharing, prayer, and input. Contact Sheila Avery, secretary, for a date.

Dwelling Place Community Receives Diocesan Approval

On December 8, 2000, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, William R. Houck, Bishop of Jackson, established The Dwelling Place Community as a Private Association of the Christian Faithful in the Diocese of Jackson. This decree entitles The Dwelling Place Community to all of the rights and privileges afforded Private Associations of the Christian Faithful in the Code of Canon Law.

"Furthermore, William R. Houck recognizes The Dwelling Place Community as a Catholic Community of the Christian faithful, open to members of other Christian denominations which follow in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi and whose members pattern their lives on the gospel of Jesus as outlined in the constitution, Way of Life."

Thus read the Decree of Establishment of The Dwelling Place Community as a Private Association of the Christian Faithful.

(l to r) Clare Hicks, John Maloney, Martha Williams, Elaine Fish, Jean Haspeslagh, and Clare

For the past five and with greater intensity during the past two years, we have been working with Bishop Houck and the canon lawyers of the Diocese of Jackson to carve out and approve a Way of Life for The Dwelling Place Community. It is with much joy that we have reached that milestone.

Besides being dedicated to living a gospel life after the example of St. Francis and supporting one another in community, The Dwelling Place Community has assumed the responsibility for the ministry of The Dwelling Place Prayer Center through sharing their time, talents, and treasures.

Mary Horrell (left) and Clare

On February 18, each member received the documents and made their commitments to the Lord through this Community. Martha Williams, receiving the document from Clare, renewed her commitment for one year. Clare Hicks, John Maloney, Elaine Fish, and Jean Haspeslagh made three year commitments as Companion members. Community members Morag Burgess, Phillip Pepper, and Mary Ann Dee were unable to be present for the weekend.

Clare Van Lent, president of the Community, is placing a ring, the symbol of final commitment as a Covenant member in The Dwelling Place Community on the finger of Mary Horrell during the commitment ceremony February 18. Mary has been with the Community since 1994, first as a volunteer, then as a Companion and for the past two years has been living and ministering at The Dwelling Place while experiencing a time of formation as a Sojourner.

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