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March 1, 2000 Vol. 14, No. 1

Dear Friends-

The Y 2 K scare has passed and we have entered the next millennium. Does it feel any different to you? It feels just like 1999 to me except that each time I date a letter or a check I am reminded a new era is upon us. I am so grateful that the new always builds on the past and that God in his merciful love will walk with us through each ever-evolving day.

The psalms are replete with remembrances of what God had for the Chosen People in the past as an assurance that God would be with them in the future. That gives me so much comfort-- but I need always to keep my memory sharpened and frequently recall to mind God's faithfulness so that I never take God's gifts for granted.

It was January 2, 1987 that The Dwelling Place came to birth. On Jan. 2, 2000 we took the first adolescent steps into our 14th year. The miracles of God's fathfulness flood our memory of those years.

God never allowed us to become comfortable in our disciplineship. In 1990 we invited Associates to join us in our ministry and Christian walk. By 1995 God began stretching us to follow more closely. For the last five years we have struggled with the vision to form a lay Community whose main focus was this ministry. The call seemed so total, so all encompassing, so frightening. But then we must remember God's past faithfulness and with confidence we walk into the future.

Clare

Even with all your donations and services we have finished 1999 with a $4000 deficit. Whether meeting our current expenses or trusting in an uncertain future we trust that God has a vision and will see us through.

Round 'n About

The library is finished!! Now, just like any big town' library, you need only fill out its card to check out a book.

A vision without a task might be a mirage;
A task without a vision can be drudgery;
But a vision with a task brings hope to the world.

THANKS TO EVERYONE who helped complete this very lengthy task. "Special Thanks" to Morag Burgess, our librarian, who spearheaded the project and to Sheila Avery, our secretary, and all the typists and "pasters!"

The Dwelling Place has received a $2500 grant from the Catholic Foundation of Jackson. The moneys are earmarked for partial funding for a back-up generator in case of a power outage.

We are very grateful for the support of the Catholic Foundation to assist us in our ministry here.

Advent Retreatants

Six friends from Starkville and two from Jackson paused December 10-11 to reflect upon the true meaning of the Advent-Christmas season. They were challenged by simple empty bird nests to hollow out an inner space to prepare for Christ in their lives.

August 11-12 "Come and See"

"Come and see" what this Dwelling Place Community and their Way of Life is all about.

"Come and feel" the Franciscan spirit that permeates this place and draws and fills these people.

"Come and meet" some who form this 'circle of Christian believers who seek to follow the spirit's direction in the ministry of The Dwelling Place.'

"Come and catch the spirit." Come to this overnight to listen, learn, and experience. Who knows? Maybe here is the next step in your Christian walk.

Director: Morag Burgess, MCSp ____ Fee: $35.00


$200,000 by 2000 UPDATE

Our final report on reaching our goal of $100,000 in hours pledged at $10.00 per hour and $100,000 in cash. We received:

We are Very happy and grateful for all the donated hours and moneys. The Dwelling Place is small but our friends have willing hands and generous hearts.. We can never put a money value on generosity-- it is priceless! You are priceless!


"Together we walk,
hand in hand,
guided by the Spirit"

Annual Appeal Report

Those words taken from our Annual Appeal flyer, echo the reality that we are in this ministry together. We are all called to evangelize, heal, and proclaim God's reign. We do that in different ways; we at The Dwelling Place were called to do that here knowing that it is an impossible task without the larger community's support. We are so grateful to all who responded to our Annual Appeal in November and December.

We have used these moneys for:

"You shall hallow the fiftieth year...
there shall be a sabbath
of complete rest for the land,
a sabbath for the Lord."
(Leviticus 25)

Make a committment this Jubilee year to let the "land" of your heart enjoy a sabbath of complete rest for and with the Lord.

Respond to Christ's invitation to "Come away and rest awhile" in the solitude of a hermitage at The Dwelling Place. Renew that relationship with Christ. Let him love you.

Mary and our new Memorial Garden

Memorial Garden Donated

Mary Horrell poses amidst the newly created Memorial Garden donated by the Horrell family in honor of their husband and father, Paul Horrell, who died in July, 1998.

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Grant Received for Ministry to the Abused

The Dwelling Place has received $7200 through an A C T S (Agnesian Caring Through Sharing) grant from the Sisters of St. Agnes, Fon du Lac, Wisconsin to subsidize abused spouses who desire to deal with their pain.

Often financial resources are not available for those dealing with abuse, either in a shelter or as they try to regain their life after living in an abusive situation.

We extend a special invitation to anyone who is/has been in counseling and is ready to let God in to heal the wounds of violence, abandonment, and abuse.


"Each life is a miracle that changes the world... and leaves it a better place than it was before."

Sr. Maggie Kosse

The Sisters of St. Francis,
Dubuque, Iowa

and the
Dwelling Place Community,
Brooksville, Mississippi

invite you to celebrate
the birth
into eternal life
of

Sister Margaret Kosse, O S F

Born: July 20, 1927 in LeMars, Iowa

Departed this life: March 31, 2000 in the 55th year of her Religious life.

Mass of Christian Burial at Mount St. Francis, Dubuque, Iowa April 5, 2000


Entered the Sisters of St. Francis: August 25, 1944

Made Final profession of vows: August 12, 1950

Served in Iowa at Ashton, Ossian, and Dubuque

Served in Illinois at Midlothian and Niles

Served in Mississippi at Brooksville since 1987


"The reign of God is like a merchant's search for fine pearls. When one pearl of great value was found, the merchant went back and sold everything and bought it." Matt. 13:45-46

Maggie was indeed God's precious pearl-- for Margaret means pearl. I wanted each of you who knew Maggie to receive this last tribute to her. Each of us has our own story to tell: "Maggie stories" of card games, brats and beer, rhubarb pie, and prayers answered. She lives on in our hearts.

Maggie had elective surgery at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo on March 30 and came through the surgery fine. On the following morning Mary Horrell and I went to take her home to heal. We stepped out for a sandwich while the nurse was checking her out.

When we returned hospital personnel filled her room. After some minutes we were informed that Maggie had died of a massive blood clot in her lung. The subsequent autopsy revealed that she had died instantly after she rang for the nurse and informed her that she was experiencing shortness of breath.

We, her community and friends, were shocked. We immediately felt the pain of our loss but had to admit that for Sr. Maggie it was exactly what she would have wanted. If God had asked her how she wanted to die, she would have said, "To die with my boots on." Her wish was granted.

We returned her body to The Dwelling Place for the last time for all her friends in Mississippi to say Goodbye as they came for visitation, a Wake Service on Saturday and a Special Eucharistic Liturgy on Sunday.

Her body was laid out in the very room and under the same San Damiano crucifix in Umbria Guest House where she had celebrated her Golden Jubilee- a most appropriate place, a place she loved so much. It was all done in true Maggie style-- with lots of prayer, good stories, and lots of food! The crowd of mourners overflowed to every room and the porches.

I used to tease her, "Maggie, you think food!" Food was the vehicle for an essential part of her ministry of hospitality. Everyone felt love from her, whether she was conversing and giving advice over a cup of coffee or preparing their special food.

But there was another side of Maggie's ministry, too. I knew her as a woman of deep faith and prayer. She had much power with God in her prayers of intercession, especially for healing. Many people attested to the effectiveness of her prayer during the Wake services. Through her gift of wisdom and discernment, she spoke God's truth to people.

Though Maggie and I had known each other and had shared life, our faith and prayer many times before coming to Brooksville, during these last 13 years, "Clare-n-Maggie" became one word.

She was also a 'precious pearl' to me-- a real friend, confidant, support and soul mate. Though we did not always agree, our love and acceptance of one another was always evident to those around us.

Though I learned to slow my pace to match her painful stride, she was always in step with me in my vision and plans for The Dwelling Place. She endured much physical pain through her many surgeries but she never complained. Pain was her life partner.

She was supportive of the new community forming at The Dwelling Place but wanted always to remain a Dubuque Franciscan. Her death severs an important tie with the Franciscan Community as The Dwelling Place Community stands more separate. We have a great intercessor in Maggie.


We are most grateful for all who have sent memorials. Those and all future gifts in her memory will be put toward "Sister Maggie's Kitchen" in our new staff house. We still have payments to make on our note; when she died she was storming heaven that it would be paid off this year.


Clare

Also, if anyone of you reading this feels called to provide food service at The Dwelling Place, we are eagerly accepting offers!

Please do stop by for prayer or a cup of coffee and chocolate chip cookies. Mary and I will keep those traditions alive.



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Newsletter

June 1, 2000 Vol. 14, No. 2

Dear Friends,

Since our last newsletter in March much has changed here with Sr. Maggie's death on March 31.

As I have reflected on the events that followed, God seemed so far away; we walked in raw faith in God's presence each day. But I was overwhelmed by the great outpouring of love to us by so many of you. We were and still are sustained by your phone calls, letters of concern, and your memorials in Maggie's honor. You were God's presence and love to us. We are so grateful.

We want to thank all you who brought food, cooked meals, brought flowers, washed dishes, and helped in so many ways during the visitation, wake service, and Liturgy here. A special thanks to Fr. Mike O'Brien for his strong support and for celebrating a beautiful Liturgy for us.

We also thank all of you who made it possible for Mary and I to drive to Dubuque- and to all the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters who welcomed us and gave Sr. Maggie such a "Royal Send Off" into eternity.

As we have dealt with Maggie's absence in the kitchen and in our lives, we have gone through many emotions as well as a sense of disorientation. Now, however, as the weeks go by, new patterns are emerging, and we are seeking to move in new directions.

"Unless the grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat, but if it dies, it produces, much fruit." (Jn. 12:24)

In dealing with the food service we are following many different leads but are 'making haste slowly'. For our coming summer retreats Elaine Trenor from Houston, Anita Kofman from Aliceville, and some of The Dwelling Place Community members have offered to provide food service. We promise only our best!

We celebrate with Maggie her new and eternal life. She celebrates the fulfillment of the Paschal Mystery before us.

Sr. Maggie is now producing much fruit in eternity for The Dwelling Place- as she did during her 13 years here. We're counting on her love to continue to intercede for us- for our ministry, our retreatants- and our food service personnel!

Clare

I can't say we are going on without missing a beat, but God is alive and is always creating. So we move in familiar paths but with new patterns trusting that the Spirit is leading us. Please pray for us.

Grant Received for Ministry to the Abused

We have received a grant from the Sisters of St. Agnes, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to subsidize any abused who desire to deal with their pain. Often financial resources are not available for those dealing with abuse, either in a shelter or as they try to regain their life after living in an abusive situation.

We extend a special invitation to anyone who is/has been in counseling and is ready to let God in to heal the wounds of violence, abandonment, and abuse.

Dwelling Place Brochure

A new brochure has been designed and written for us by Lil McKinnon Hicks and her husband, Steve. We are so grateful for the professional assistance. The cost of the printing of the brochure is being underwritten by a grant from the Catholic Foundation of the Jackson Diocese. This will be our first brochure outside of our newsletters. If you would like some for your parish or organization, please let us know.

Mary and Clare

New Part-time Food Service Personnel

Yes, you might recognize these two! They look vaguely familiar. Now don't laugh, don't doubt our abilities. We'll provide a tasty meal if you come! Don't stay away on our account!

Or maybe you could offer to help! A day or more- or just send a casserole or a dessert.

Dwelling Place Volunteer Program

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

Are you interested in living in community with others with commitments 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.

The Program is designed for individuals who may choose to offer service and live-in for a short period of 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.


IN LOVING MEMORY OF SR. MAGGIE AND ALL SHE DID FOR THE MINISTRY AT THE DWELLING PLACE BY HER PRESENCE, HER PRAYER AND HER FOOD SERVICE

Sr. Maggie

For Maggie's Kitchen

We thank each of you who have given memorials in Maggie's honor. This includes all who have contributed by May 17, 2000. Memorials are still being accepted.

Please forgive us if your name was inadvertantly missed from this list. Drop us a line and we will correct it.

Ms. May Lipe Mintz
Buzzy & Cindy McGuire
David & Darlene Breaux
John & Toni Maloney
Frank & Agnes Zaiontz
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Torrez
Dr. Karen Holloway
Mrs. Kathryn Stuart
Mr. & Mrs. Jim Huerkamp
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Troskey
Joe & Elizabeth Haftek
Mrs. Jenny Mahoney
Mrs. Anna Colbert
Ms. Belinda Stewart
Mrs. Jean Mertz
Tony & Eunice Kosse
Eugene & Clara Hicks
Gerry & Doris Krogman
Mrs. Loraine Krogman
Sr. De Ricci Friedman, OSF
Sr. Leonine Sassen, OSF
Ms. Pam Pybas
Leonard & Mary Hasselman
Mrs. Sue Millender
Mrs. Monica Flower
Mr. John Blazejak
Ms. Heather Smith
Jack & Cindy Huerkamp
Ms. Mikki Gregory
Mr. & Mrs. Roy Dee
Ms. Eugenia Summer
Ray & Karen Turner
Candice & Ralph Borkowicz
Knights of Columbus- Columbus
Ms. Donette Lee
Ms. Heather SmithMs. Jane Thomas
Mrs. Marie Ziement
Mrs. Geneva Nightengale
Sr. Maris Stella
Don & Vera Myers
Ms. Alice Holder
Mr. & Mrs. Steve Street
Dr. Allen Cooley
Mrs. Joann Walk Ferguson
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Van Lent
Mrs. Angela Lowrey
Helene & Paul Brignac
Ms. Liria Frerer
Ms. Georgeanne Young
Ms. Paula St. Pierre
Ms. Maria Sevilla

Anonymous
Alex & Kay Valentine
Ms. Rebecca Hunter
Mrs. Elsie Alexander
Ms. Jessica Usher
Sr. Ruth Hinderer, SSND
Higginbotham's Southern Printing
Mrs. Elaine Farrar Truner
Sr. Loretta McCarthy
Mr. & Mrs. John Van Lent
Ms. Liliclaire Hicks
Mrs. Dotsy Hardin
Ms. Mary Lou Adams
Mr. Joseph Caskey
Ms. Catherine Stroud
Mrs. Lucille Lovertich
Mrs. Katie Huerkamp
Katie & Jeff Huerkamp
George & Margaret Heath
Ms. Jane Case
Ms. Mary Evelyn Stringer
M. Lavell Whiren
Ms. Polly Duncan Collum
Rev. & Mrs. James Van Zandt
Mrs. Madonna Hicks
Mrs. Maggie Wender
Ms. Billie Green
Sr. Therese Jacobs, BVM
Barbara & Bobby Crespino
Ms. Linda Tarutis
Mrs. Mary Atkins
Al & Lynn Wyman
Sr. Eileen Shaw, FSPA
Sr. Rita Jansen, FSPA
Mrs. Doris Bradley
Sr. Harriet Holles, BVM
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Gisch
Ronald & Virginia Krier
Ms. Delores Horrell
Sr. Marcie Gisch, OSF
DuWayne & Mary Krier
Mrs. Inez Barge
Jim & Florene Hilton
Ms. Clare Van Lent
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Kosse
Ms. Morag Burgess
Ms. Carol James
Ms. Jean Haspeslagh
Mrs. Linda Sigrest
Dr. Norma Jones
Mrs. Martha Williams
Sr. Noel LeClaire


Sr. Alice, Mary, Sr. Marcie, and Clare

Recognize these familiar faces?

Sr. Alice Schaefer and Sr. Marcie Gisch, both of whom are still part of The Dwelling Place, pose with Mary and Clare in front of the Dubuque Franciscan Book of Life as Clare points out Sr. Maggie's name. Mixed with the sorrow of the occasion was the joy of visiting old friends.





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Newsletter

September 1, 2000 Vol. 14, No. 3

Dear Friends,

As you can see by the rest of the newsletter, there has been a bit of activity around here since June. God carries us, and we try to respond to each moment and event.

Thanks to everyone who sends memorials in honor of or in memory of a dear one. We take those very seriously. Memorials also continue to come in for "Sr. Maggie's kitchen." For all we say "Thank you."

We have had many wonderful volunteers this summer to assist in the kitchen. Elaine Trenor and Martha Williams have taken on a retreat monthly. To all who have volunteered I want each of you to know how important you are to the ministry here. Thank you.

We have a problem whose solution we thought we could postpone. We fear our computers are breathing their last. We have been having trouble with the hard drive on our 'newest' one and the other is too old to handle internet activities which is growing in importance daily.

We had made the decision to replace both of them and put in an entire new system. We have written grants to cover the cost but have not been successful to this point so we will need to borrow funds to pay for it. The estimated cost of both computers (Apple, of course) including printers, scanner, programs, and installation is $6565. If anyone would like to donate toward this we would be most grateful.

Clare

Please continue to pray for us as we do for you.

DWELLING PLACE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

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

Are you interested in living in community with others with commitments 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.

The Program is designed for 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.

(left to right) Sr. Janet Kreber, Barbara Yarborough, Mary, and Clare

Toast our Volunteers! Ole!

Volunteers Sr. Janet Kreber and Barbara Yarborough join Mary Horrell and Clare Van Lent for a treat at LaFiesta, our favorite Mexican restaurant, as they relax during their time of service here. Sr. Janet Kreber, O S F from Richland, Iowa has been a faithful volunteer for at least 5 summers. Sr. Janet is at home at any task and offers invaluable assistance wherever she is asked to help. Thanks, Janet.

Mrs. Barbara Yarborough has truly been a gift during these busy summer months. She has been a Live-In Volunteer since July 1 and has offered to do the cooking for 3 months.

Barbara is a Columbus native and is introducing us to True Southern cuisine! Thanks much, Barbara.

A new Honda Odyssey 2000

Clare with our new Honda Odyssey

Yes, our friend Mary Voss has done it again! She has replaced our '95 Honda Odyssey with a new model. She and Menotti's Service department keep us rolling along! Thank you, Mary, for your generosity and believing in our ministry.

A New Eye for Sheila!

Those of you who have called here have met Sheila Avery, our secretary, the smiling voice on the phone. If you have been here and met Sheila she may have told you that she lost her left eye 10 years ago when a meningioma tumor attached itself to the optic nerve. The eye was removed in 1993.

Now the Lions Club has offered to finance reconstructive surgery so a prosthesis could be placed in the eye socket. We pray for its success and look forward with you to a 'new eye' by October.


Memorials

Friends of The Dwelling Place make donations in honor of a friend at the time of an anniversary, birthday, or special occasion or in memory of a deceased family member or friend.

We remember your loved ones in Community prayer, Masses, and good works of The Dwelling Place. The moneys are placed in our endowment fund. From August, 1999 to July, 2000:

IN HONOR OF

Eugenia Summer by Dr. & Mrs. Frank Baird
Josephine Watson by Dr. & Mrs. Frank Baird
Mary Francis Boggess by Dr. & Mrs. Frank Baird
Francis Baird, Jr. by Dr. & Mrs. Frank Baird
Rev. and Mrs. Barry Cotter by Becky Adams
Christi Quinn by Peg Walvendorff
John Dee by Angela Lowrey

IN MEMORY OF

Charles Dimisco by Amelia Dimisco
Madelaine Hill by Betty Daugherty
Edna Leroux by Jean Riesterer
Delores and W. A. Dunaway by Donette Lee
Mother of Christi Quinn by Christi Quinn
Mary O'Gorman by Angela Lowrey

Memorials For "Maggie's Kitchen"

We thank each of you who have sent memorials in Maggie's honor. This includes all who have contributed from May 18 to August 8, 2000. Memorials are still being accepted.


Judy Cox Andrews
Anonymous
Mary Binder
Linda Birdsong
Anne Blazejak
Bob & Alice Chapius
Dr. Ann Homer Cook
Marcus and Fern Diener
Billie English
Anna Furr
Mack & Diane Howard
Marilyn Jacobs
Dr. Norma Jones
Nancy McGhee
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Messlein
Kathleen Naughton
Laura Phillips

Connie Phillips
Lucie Piekos
Barbara Pittman
Linda Polk
Judy Robinson
Jim & Teresa Salmon
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Scholten
Donna Schwartz
Beverly Seemen
Todd & Julie Shockley
Marty & Bonnie Simon
Sisters of St. Agnes
Susan Smith
Celia Stevens
Sr. Clara Streng
Mary Voss
Anne Weisner
Jack, Maria & Angela Zimmerman


Sr. Maggie continues to be with us through your love and in the many memories we share.

She is now producing much fruit in eternity for The Dwelling Place- as she did during her 13 years here. We're counting on her love to continue to intercede for us- for our ministry, our retreatants- and our food service personnel!

Memorial Garden in honor of Paul Horrell

Mary Horrell   Marilyn Horrell
Delores Horrell   Colleen Horrell


The shell of our new carport

--And a New Carport in the Making

As the number of our staff vehicles increases, so does our need to provide a safe place for them. Cars, trucks, even our lawn tractor have protection from the rain. This carport is located by the new staff house. (Now if we only had rain!)

Ministry to the Abused

Just a reminder to everyone that we have a grant from the Sisters of St. Agnes, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to subsidize any abused who desire to deal with their pain.

Often financial resources are not available for those dealing with abuse, either in a shelter or as they try to regain their life after living in an abusive situation.

We extend a special invitation to anyone who is/has been in counseling and is ready to let God in to heal the wounds of violence, abandonment, and abuse.



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Newsletter

December 1, 2000 Vol. 14, No. 4

Joy to the World

Dear Friends,

I read recently that Advent is for dreamers, for all who are not satisfied with the way Faith and Life co-mingle. It is a season that speaks to the restless spirit that resides in our hearts-- if only we be still and listen.

I think that was written with The Dwelling Place in mind. We are dreamers-- always mingling faith and life-- the task is to be still and listen. The voice still cries in the wilderness. The voice will cry out in our busyness, in our work, and in our premature celebrations.

The Jesse Tree

The ancient cry of Advent is "Maranatha, come, Lord Jesus." Come into our dreams and our everyday realities to give them meaning and direction. We pray for that daily.

Clare

We desire only the most and best for each person who comes here on retreat. We desire only what we need in personnel and facilities to offer the best we can to those who come. Let us pray together that we be still and listen to God's dream for The Dwelling Place and each of you, our friends, as we go into the new year.

Round and About


BIRD HOUSE: This fall saw much activity here with many wonderful friends helping. Here Mary, Sheila, and Debbie Lankford are assisting Pam Pybas erect the new martin house she has made. The martins will be snug and dry- if the pole can hold it up!!

Mary, Sheila, Debbie Lankford, and Pam Pybas

ROOF REPAIR: Pam and Phillip Pepper also helped us repair the roof of the old trailer where the dining room joins it. (Sorry there wasn't room for THAT picture.)

After months of trying to patch the places of potential leaks, a roofer advised us on a definite procedure; however, it was not completed until after a section of the dining room ceiling tile fell in!! Just think what would have happened if we had had rain!! Nonetheless, now we have the roof repaired and a beautiful new ceiling.

TELEPHONE SYSTEM: When it rains, it pours! (This summer, we wished that were true!). After the staff house had been erected two years ago and the telephone service connected, a bulldozer tore the line. Though it was spliced, it lasted only until this fall.

When the repairmen were replacing the line, they discovered other weaknesses in the system. So instead of just a line replacement, an upgrade of our A T & T Partner Plus System was needed. It was like going to the doctor with a cold and discovering that you needed surgery!!

CORPUS CHRISTI INVOLVEMENT: We are both involved in our little mission parish in Macon. This year, besides coordinating the children's religious education program, Mary is teaching the high school Confirmation class. This keeps her teaching skills sharpened!

Clare has added the coordination and part-time instructor of the R C I A (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes to her role as parish organist. She is currently getting ready for the Christmas choir. That is a highlight of the year.


WAY OF LIFE of

The Dwelling Place Community

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. This lay community is seeking recognition and approval by the Church as a Private Association of the Faithful.

In 1990 this group of dedicated men and women serious about their own spiritual growth and desiring to share the mission and ministry of The Dwelling Place became known as The Dwelling Place Associates.

In 1995 there was both a call to deeper community plus an awakening to The Community's responsibility to the ministry here. By 1998 The Dwelling Place Community had evolved from the Associates and took complete responsibility for the ministry of The Dwelling Place.

It is our Advent hope and dream that during December The Dwelling Place Community will receive official approval and our WAY OF LIFE accepted.

If anyone is interested in knowing more about this community, please give us a call or, better yet, Come and See on January 12-14.

(l to r) Mary, Clare, Jack and Maria Zimmerman

DEFENSE IS OUR BUSINESS

Defending the Union (?), the Confederacy (?), or our hilltop home is serious business, and we will go to any lengths to achieve our ends! Stand back!! :)

No, we don't work all the time but thought you would all enjoy this picture of Clare, Mary, Jack and Maria Zimmerman at their Tennessee mountaintop cabin. Jack helps us each year when the University of Dallas students come during spring break.

Annual Appeal and Our New Computers

We are so encouraged by your generous response to our Annual Appeal which began three weeks ago. We pray that you continue in your generosity.

Our new computers, Apple G 4 s , after a rocky start, are performing well. We have hardly tapped their capabilities; each day brings new surprises and challenges. You computer operators understand!

Karen McFadyen (center) and St. Joseph, Starkville volunteers

Pine Straw, Pine Straw, and More Pine Straw !!

Tony Torres

Karen McFadyen saw our plight again this year and organized a group of St. Joseph, Starkville, teenagers and parents to come rake- what else- pine straw on October 21. They generously and joyfully raked, hauled, and placed the straw around trees and landscaping. Anybody need raking done? Just call on this crew!!

Tony Torres gathers one of several loads of pine needles as he and a group of Knights of Columbus and their wives from Annunciation Catholic Church in Columbus came out for a clean-up day on November 4. They made fast work of cutting down trees and raking. Thanks, everyone!

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