Newsletter

March 1, 2002 Vol. 16, No. 1 [p. 1]

San Damiano loan has been paid!

John Maloney and Clare

"It's really true!" I shouted as John Maloney, our board treasurer, and I burn the note for the staff house. On Dec. 18, 2001, in just two and a half years, through the generosity of our many benefactors and very close budgeting, we were able to retire our loan of $60,000 for San Damiano staff house. A Miracle!!

We are so grateful for your generosity in our Annual Appeal and Christmas donations which have helped us pay off the loans for the computers, copier, and the staff house. A special thanks to all you Partners who are so faithful in your support. We go into 2002 debt free!! NOW we are free to begin dreaming about our next building need: a new administration building, dining and kitchen facilities, and more retreatant housing.

Oh, yes, we have already begun. Mr. Bill Rosemund, whose architectural firm designed our previous buildings ten years ago, has begun to fit design to dream. We have begun each new development with Faith as our only treasure and each time we step forth others have believed in our attempt to do our bit in the Reign of God and have come to our aid. You will be hearing more about this in the future- be assured!!

Retreats-- In Solitude or Shared

Our retreats on the Big Book Study and Progoff Journaling in January were very well received as was Healing the Wounds of the Past in February. We thank all of you for your support. We continue to welcome ministers to come for some solitude in a hermitage on week days when they have a little 'down time' after the busy weekend worship services.

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 web site for options available. Contact Sheila Avery, secretary, for information.

Round and About

Prince

Meet Prince, Our Newest Staff Member

Born October 29, Prince was a Christmas gift to us from Lynn and Al Wyman. A thoroughbred boxer, he reminds us daily he is still a puppy. Don't let the picture fool you; at 4 months he weighs 40 pounds! Sox, our beagle, now has a playmate.

"Spring Tune-Up"

We hope you can find time to come help us get our facility "tuned-up" for the spring and summer seasons. Come for an hour, a day, an overnight, or a weekend from March 11-17. Be assured of fun, good food, lots of love, and feeling you have done something worthwhile. Hope to see you. Ya'll come!

Sue Ann Helns

Sue Ann Helns, a Dwelling Place volunteer from San Antonio, puts finishing touches on one of her creative dishes [see photo]. Thanks, Sue Ann, for volunteering in the kitchen for 2 1/2 months. You will be missed. God go with you as you leave us.

Volunteers

Are you interested in living in community with others whose commitments are similar to yours? Do you feel called by Jesus to walk more closely in his footsteps?

Then you are invited to consider serving as a Dwelling Place Volunteer. Join us for a week, two weeks, a month, a year. Call or write to Clare for information.

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