June 1, 2009 Vol. 23, No. 2 [p. 2]

Our Campaign Continues

Our critical need ...of a dining facility continues to be a serious need.
Our dream ...of an administration building is becoming a reality.

As of March 1, you have purchased $12,00 worth of bricks. Purchase a brick in memory of or in honor of a loved one. The offering is $100. There will be three lines of 18 characters and spaces per line. Contact us online or call Sheila Avery, secretary, at The Dwelling Place.

Retreat Centers Network Mid-Gulf States

April 27- Clare and Mary attended the first gathering of the newly formed Retreat Centers Network--Mid-Gulf States at St. Mary of the Pines, Chatawa, Mississippi. Nine retreat centers from Mississippi and Louisiana were represented.


If you have special dietary needs, please let us know.

Please do not bring your pet. It would not be fair to your pet or ours. Thank you.

When the organization Retreats International closed its doors last December due to dwindling membership, the houses in Mississippi and Louisiana saw value in continuing to share with other professionals in the same ministry. Though many retreat centers have closed in the last few years because of lack of funds, it is more imperative that those in existence support one another and share expertise and ideas. The Dwelling Place had been a member of Retreats International since 1987 and is taking leadership in forming this new group.

The new group is very intentional about inviting houses of all Christian faiths. Chatawa and The Dwelling Place are the only Catholic retreat houses in Mississippi.

Take a chance

KC's Raffle Heats Up

The Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph Parish, Starkville are selling chances on a Kenmore Five Burner L P Gas Grill (Cadillac of the grill family) to benefit the ministry at The Dwelling Place. Now it doesn't get better than that!!

You can't lose. You are a winner no matter what. You either win a top of the line grill ($700 value) and assist in spreading the reign of God in Mississippi--or you receive an eternal, priceless reward for your generosity. You are a winner!

Tickets are:1 - $1; 6 - $5; 15 - $10

Drawing will be July 5 in St. Joseph Parish Hall.
Tickets are available from: Mike Kassouf, 202 Greenbriar, Starkville, Mississippi 39759,

Need Some Private Time?

We schedule retreats at specific times but we welcome you to come privately for retreat anytime it is convenient for you and possible for us. Just check our website and send in your request.

Create Your Own Retreat

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. Check our website for options available. Contact Sheila Avery, secretary, 662-738-5348 for information.

(seated, l to r) Joan Bartik, Tom Hannigan, Diana Bridges. (standing) Mary, Clare, John Maloney, Mary Crone, Karen Henry. (absent) Dr. Francis Baird, Linda Breazeale, Richard Babb, and Mary Pat Curtis.

Board Advises Staff

The advisory board met April 21 to assist The Dwelling Place staff in their ministry. They are an invaluable aid to us. The first Advisory board was formed in 1989 and have been an integral part of the ministry here ever since.

After serious evaluation of our fall festival, we have made the decision to change the emphasis to an October Fest. And that it would be held in a population center, not here on site. So ---keep tuned. This group will help these ideas become a reality. Want to be on our planning committee??

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