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March 1, 2002 Vol. 16, No. 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.


Dwelling Place Community Update

Members of The Dwelling Place Community

June 1 is our next Community gathering. It will be a picnic at John Maloney's in Meridian. Come and enjoy the fun and fellowship. Bring a friend. Contact John for details- 601-679-8887.

We continue to extend invitations to all interested Christians who:

Contact Clare Van Lent if you are interested in more information, 662-738-5348.

The Dwelling Place Community (see photo) gathered to plant a Bradford pear tree in memory of Sr. Maggie Kosse, Phillip Pepper, and Gene Hicks on February 9, 2002. The blossoms and beauty of the tree will be a lasting memorial to the gifts these special people shared in this ministry.

Stations of the Cross to Become a Reality

Since 1990 we have had a dream that Stations of the Cross would be erected on our property as an aid to prayer on the Passion of Christ- a means of focusing on the central act of our Redemption and an aid to meditation.

Since that time donations have been given for that purpose and over the years we have had a fund slowly building for their creation. However, each time we started to take action, a more pressing need had to be met.

Two hooded employees load the cedar enroute to Yoder Woodworks. Any guesses who they might be??

During the summer of 1994 a severe storm went through Macon; lightning struck 2 massive cedar trees on the Corpus Christi Church grounds. In February, 1995 the parishoners gave us a trunk to be used for Stations of the Cross. Roy Dee and friends had the massive log delivered here on February 11 to begin its drying process.

Eighteen months later, Gerald Traufler, a sculptor from Le Mars, Iowa, directed us to have the logs cut into 2" planks for more careful curing. The wood has been stored in our tool house for six years waiting for the proper time. It came this past week!

Mr. Kevin Yoder, a highly respected woodworker in Crawford, Mississippi, will create the shrines which will 'house' each of the fifteen bronze stations. The shrines and posts will be entirely of cedar. The precious wood is now being put to its intended use.

We now involve each of you. So that you may share in the creation of the Stations and sacred path we offer you the opportunity to "purchase" a station in honor of or memory of someone you hold dear.

The suggested offering is $400. If you would like to be part of this, please print this page, fill in the form below, and return it at your earliest convenience. Your name and that of your loved one will be placed on a plaque at the base of each shrine.


___Yes, I would like to make a donation for a Station. Enclosed is my gift.

Name
Address
City/State/Zip

This gift is given-

Please print the exact wording you would like to appear on the plaque:









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Newsletter

June 1, 2002 Vol. 16, No. 2

Board members (standing) John Maloney, Mary Horrell (seated) Elaine Fish, and me look over the first sketches of proposed buildings in our needed development.

Dear Friends,

As I re-read these snippets that I have written about happenings here, I am filled with gratitude to God who is always tugging us into the future even as we weekly host/direct retreatants and those who come for spiritual direction and prayer.

Pruning, mowing, planting, and fertilizing fill our days along with housecleaning, cataloging books, and cooking-- ordinary tasks-- but we know that God's vision for this ministry includes our fidelity to each of these.

God's plan for us as Church and as individuals always unfolds amidst the ordinary and our faithful listening to the ordinary around us. We step forth only having heard God's word spoken through the (not so) hum-drum of our lives.

As I have said in the past, 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. Stepping forth in Trust with limited human resources is always a sign of God's action among us.

Clare

May your summer be an ordinary time of renewal, refreshment, and listening!

Round and About

Prince and Socks

Friends for Life

Prince, now 7 months and 50+ pounds, truly loves his (now smaller) older brother. Prince may have the edge in size, but Socks is still 'top dog'.

Though Prince is a graduate of "Puppy School" he has failed the grade in caring for the path lights-- or anything else chewable.

Franciscan Sisters Award Grant for Ministry to Abused and Addicted

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of LaCrosse, Wisconsin have awarded a $5000 grant to The Dwelling Place to subsidize our ministry to the abused and addicted. We are most grateful for their support.

We extend a special invitation to anyone who is/has been in counseling or active in A A or Alanon or is a victim of abuse to let God in to heal the wounds of addiction, violence, abandonment, and abuse.

Springtime Beauty

Our pond was especially beautiful this spring. The shastas that were growing near the dining room were transplanted around the pond and were ablaze with blossoms this April. Right now the pear cacti are in full bloom, and the day lilies are starting to put forth their delicate flowers. To complete the picture-- a path to the pond is needed so more people can immerse themselves in God's extravagant beauty.

A Legacy of Beauty

Though this bit of news does not specifically concern The Dwelling Place, we are so happy to be able to rejoice with our very good friends and benefactors, Eugenia Summer and Mary Evelyn Stringer, both retired art professors from the Mississippi University for Women. April 19 the Eugenia Summer Art Gallery and the Mary Evelyn Stringer Auditorium were dedicated in their honor. Thank you both for the legacy of beauty you have left us.


Dwelling Place Community Update

A legal hurdle has been crossed: The Dwelling Place Community is now registered as a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation in the state of Mississippi. We make haste slowly but each move is a step toward official recognition.

We continue to extend invitations to all interested Christians who:

Contact Clare Van Lent if you are interested in more information, 662-738-5348.

Clare Speaks at Catholic Foundation

April 17 Clare was invited as one of three recipients of grants from the Catholic Foundation of the Jackson diocese to speak at their annual dinner meeting.

"I was so grateful to personally thank this group that has been so generous to us these past seven years. Since 1995 they have awarded us $24,900 in grants. This has helped us purchase computers, repair buildings, erect carports, lay parking lots, and countless other projects," remarked Clare when she returned.

The Catholic Foundation offers grants to many needy groups in the diocese.


Scholarship Fund

Because the fees charged at The Dwelling Place cover less than one-half of the cost of the retreat, we rely heavily on the support of benefactors to supplement our needs. God has continued to bless our ministry and sustain us through the generosity of many.

Charging the actual cost would be prohibitive for many who desire to come and experience God's love and healing. Since we began we have regularly offered partial scholarships for those unable to pay. It has been taken from the operating budget or from grants.

We are now inaugurating a Scholarship Fund that will provide moneys for assistance to the needy. If you would like to make an offering to this fund, know that it will be used to provide an opportunity for someone who otherwise would be unable to come. Your charity would, in a very real way, be extending the reign of God through our ministry here.

Clare with the first station

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are slowly becoming a reality. The dedication plaques have been cut and are now being fastened to the posts by Yoder Woodworks. Clare is pictured here with the first station, Jesus is condemned to die.

"Thank you" to all who responded to our last newsletter and have donated a station in memory of loved ones. Smith's Landscaping has promised that the meditation path will be laid the first part of June.

We are proud and grateful for all who have shown an interest and have assisted in bringing these to completion. You will be notified of the date of the blessing and dedication.

(l to r) Deb Switzer, Sheila Avery, and Mary Bishop

"Spring Tune-Up"

Special thanks to Deb Switzer from Ridgeland and Mary Bishop from Madison as they assisted in so many ways during our "Spring Tune-Up" weekend. Here they are helping Sheila in the library. Jack and Maria Zimmerman, our faithful friends from Tennessee, also came to trim and saw, repair, and plumb. Thanks to all of you. We invite any and all generous hearts and willing hands to help- anytime!



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Newsletter

September 1, 2002 Vol. 16, No. 3

Dear Friends and Retreatants

You are invited to the
Blessing and Dedication of
the Stations of the Cross
to be held October 5, 2002
at 2:00 p.m.
at The Dwelling Place.

Reception follows in Umbria Guest House
RSVP by September 15, 2002

662-738-5348 dwellpl@crawdat.com

Dear Friends,

We hope that many of you, our friends and retreatants, will join us as we celebrate our Stations of the Cross. For over ten years it has been a dream but other projects have taken precedence. May this Way of the Cross give God glory and help us appreciate what Christ has done for us.

As I read each memorial plaque I am made aware that those mentioned have themselves walked their own way to Calvary and in doing so have helped others on the way. As members of the Body of Christ we all share in Christ's act of redemption when we join our sufferings to His.

I invite you to consider making a weekend retreat this fall. We have some very fine offerings with competent facilitators. Come during the week for a day or two of quiet to listen to the stillness and hear God speak through Word and nature.

Clare

Many blessings on you and yours.

Meditation Path Laid in Mid-June

Two workers from Smith Landscaping are shown here putting finishing touches on the meditation path. The new path begins at the west door of Umbria Guest House, stretches to the pond, then creates a loop north to the orchard and returns to the water's edge.

The dirt displaced by the path was deposited throughout the west lawn and was spread out by the Knights of Columbus on their volunteer day. The path proved to be very labor intensive. We thank everyone involved in its creation.

Stations of the Cross Erected July 18

Kevin Yoder, the creator of the Stations, mixes cement while Alva, his father, lowers the shrine in the ground and awaits the next step. Grandson Thomas and assistant, Shaun Roby, observe.

The entire project was a labor of love. It is truly a work of art. All our readers and retreatants are invited to experience the beauty of the landscape and the spiritual experience of the Way of the Cross.

To Complete the Picture-

we are planning three meditation areas along the path at the 4th, 7th, and 12th stations and a gazebo by the water. We have envisioned a small area with a park bench on decorative cement squares surrounded by shrubs and shaded by crepe myrtle.

If anyone would like to donate the materials, shrubs, and benches for these areas, the suggested donation is $300. The bench would hold a memorial plaque in memory of the loved one you request.

If anyone would like to donate the funding for the gazebo, the cost is approximately $2500.


Dwelling Place Community Update

I think our last legal hurdle has been crossed: our application to be listed in the Official Catholic Directory has been approved. We can now be about building community and doing the ministry of The Dwelling Place.

We continue to extend invitations to all interested Christians who:

Contact Clare Van Lent if you are interested in more information, 662-738-5348.

Needs list

As in any home or business, occasionally our needs for small and large items overwhelm us as many of our machines have "bit the dust" because of age and use. If anyone could help us with any of these items, new or used, we would be most grateful.

Sisters of St. Agnes Award Grant for Ministry to Abused and Addicted

The Sisters of St. Agnes of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin have awarded a $3000 grant to The Dwelling Place to subsidize our ministry to the abused and addicted. We are most grateful for their support.

We extend a special invitation to anyone who is/has been in counseling or active in A A or Alanon or is a victim of abuse to let God in to heal the wounds of addiction, violence, abandonment, and abuse.

Tom Abel

A Friend Visits

Do you recognize this old friend? He is someone who knows this property well- but it wasn't called The Dwelling Place when he was here.

In case you have not guessed, it is Tom Abel, who was the founder of Our Lady of Brooksville Abbey back in 1968. Tom stopped as he was passing through. You are always welcome, Tom. Come again.


Annunciation K C volunteers

Anunciation K C s Help June 22

Ruby Forrester, Joe Haftek, Lou DeFillipo, and others pause to enjoy a lunch during their hard work as the Knights and spouses helped us out one June Saturday. They cleared the forest and did a variety of yard work that never ends! The forest is beautiful and the yard (and staff) say Thank you!

Catholic Foundation Awards Grant for
Stations of the Cross

The Catholic Foundation of Jackson has awarded a grant of $1000 to partially fund the erection of the Stations of the Cross.

We are very grateful for the support these foundations and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, whom we mentioned in our last newsletter. It is through the generosity of others- individuals and groups, that we are able to continue to spread the reign of God in this corner of Mississippi.

Scholarship Fund

We are now inaugurating a Scholarship Fund that will provide moneys for assistance to the needy. If you would like to make an offering to this fund, know that it will be used to provide an opportunity for someone who otherwise would be unable to come. Your charity would, in a very real way, be touching many people's lives.

Fee Increase in 2003

Due to our rising costs it is necessary for us to raise our fees. Beginning Jan. 1, 2003 the fee for a day of retreat, meals, and an overnight will be $60 or $120 per weekend. Our actual costs are double that. The remainder is covered by donations. Scholarships are available for those unable to pay.



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Newsletter

December 1, 2002 Vol. 16, No. 4

Photo by Fabvienen Taylor, Mississippi Catholic newspaper

Jack Zimmerman holds crosses for each station for a Way of the Cross in the chapel. Adriana Rodriguez and Owen McGuire assist Father Jeffrey as he prays the blessing.

Father Jeffrey prepares to bless the 15th station, the Resurrection, as Monica Flower and others follow the prayer service.

Blessing of Outdoor Stations
of the Cross

October 5, 2002

Reflected in the pond freshly filled by the rains of Hurricanes Isidore and Lili were those gathered to bless the outdoor Way of the Cross. Beneath the unusually warm and most welcome sun, Fr. Jeffrey Waldrep, pastor of Corpus Christi Mission, blessed each station assisted by family and friends.

At each station someone read the Scripture referring to it, then a reflection was given to honor the person for whom the station was donated. As Christ suffered his passion, these people, the Body of Christ now, have also walked their own way of the cross by their lives, work, and their faith.

Over 50 were present to celebrate the long awaited event. The afternoon concluded with a reception in Umbria Guest House.

Three meditation areas along the path at the 4th, 7th, and 12th stations and a gazebo by the water are planned. Donations have been given for the meditation areas. They will be created when clement weather allows.

If anyone would like to donate the funding for the gazebo, the cost is approximately $2500.

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Merry Christmas

Mary, Sheila, Clare


Dwelling Place Community Update

"Come and See" for yourself. Join us for our Community weekend, February 14-16. Join in our fellowship and prayer. Catch the Spirit of The Dwelling Place.

We continue to extend invitations to all interested Christians who:

Contact Clare Van Lent if you are interested in more information, 662-738-5348.

Live-in Volunteer opportunity

Would you like to live in community for a time? Share in the day to day ministry of The Dwelling Place?

Join us for a week, two weeks, or a month. Phone or write for information about being a Dwelling Place volunteer.

Needs list

As in any home or business, occasionally our needs for small and large items overwhelm us as many of our machines have "bit the dust" because of age and use. If anyone could help us with any of these items, new or used, we would be most grateful.

Mary and Delores Horrell

Chris Morrow would not recognize the Blessed Mother statue that she gave us after Mary and her sister, Delores Horrell, gave her a major refurbishing.

Beware! Relatives are put to work when they come to visit :)

The statue now has a prominent place overlooking the pond. Come see our Blue Mary as you relax in the glider!

Many Thanks to---

Volunteers from St. Joseph, Starkville

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