September 19, 2011 Vol. 25, No. 3 [p. 1]
25th Anniversary

25th Anniversary Celebration

September 10 was a joyful day here at The Dwelling Place as we celebrated 25 years of ministry in the Golden Triangle with nearly 100 friends, retreatants, and supporters.

Rev. Houck, Fr. Shelton, and Fr. Bohn joined Bishop Latino.

The Most Rev. Joseph Latino, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, joined by The Most Rev. William Houck, retired bishop of Jackson, Fr. Henry Shelton and Fr. John Bohn celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for those gathered at the celebration.

Bishop Latino

“We are gathered here to praise the Lord for the 25 years the Dwelling Place has been here for those looking for respite,” said Bishop Latino. “I commend those who had the dream, the courage and the faith to organize this place. I also commend those who support the Dwelling Place with prayers and offerings.”

The choir from St. Joseph Church in Starkville conducted by Rose Sisson led us in song during the Mass.

Karen McFadyen studies the history display.

John and Pat Maloney

The staff joins Bishop Houck and Bishop Latino at the end of the day. Praise God for these 25 years!.

25th Anniversary

The Mass was followed by hors d'oeuvres and a delicious meal. All was prepared and donated by associates and friends. The food as well as all the other preparations and celebration itself would have been impossible without the generosity of so many supporters.

25th Anniversary

After the meal Clare, Mary, and Bishop Houck gave reflections from the quarter century of ministry here.

"God doesn’t need super-apostles; He just needs obedient ones,” reflected Clare, founder and director. “God is faithful and calls us to ruthless trust in His design for this ministry.”

"Our website has broadened our visibility and increased our number of retreatants. In addition to Mississippi and our neighboring states, we also have regular visitors from other states,” she said. “We are always looking for needs that we can meet through a variety of retreats. Many of our retreats deal with healing from losses, abuse or addictions, as well as spiritual direction to draw people closer to God.”

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