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March 1, 2014 Vol. 28, No. 1


Trust me, spring will come- after the ice and the cold! The Japanese magnolia is beginning to have tiny hard buds; frequently it blooms in February. Even the daffodils are beginning to poke their leaves. I thought I'd include photos from the past just to give us all hope.

After the first two weekend retreats in December, the remainder of the month was about reaching out. Mary and I sang in the Columbus Sings Messiah; Mary was in charge of Corpus Christi's Angel tree and we delivered the donations of the parish; we went to see our old friends, Jean Haspeslagh and Elaine Fish who are in Emeritus Care Center in Hattiesburg and, of course, led the music at our Christmas celebrations at our parish. What a rich and full time.

Last month we had our semi-annual Advisory Board meeting and were pleased to announce and celebrate God's faithfulness through the many retreatants and activities of last year and to plan for 2014.

As we began February, Columbus Air Force Base brought their RCIA group and other retreatants are finding their way here to be touched by the Lord in extended days of silence. Vincent de Paul group was here last weekend and has been energized by their sharing and prayer to continue their charitable work in Columbus.

This coming weekend our Dwelling Place Community and Associates will gather for prayer, community building and planning.

As we finish off the month, University Baptist Church from Starkville will come for an overnight of retreat and service. (N.B. Mary and I love the service dimension!)

As you read this letter, may the Spirit lead you to spend some time in prayer here or inspire you to assist us in various ways to continue this ministry.

Clare

Extra Yarn, Anyone?

Mary is putting out a plea for yarn that anyone might have left over from projects, completed or abandoned.

Help her Honduran mission project. Just bring them to the Dwelling Place next time you come or send them.

The Dwelling Place Drawdown




May 9, 2014
Lee Home, Columbus
Luau
From 7:00 pm -10:00 pm

Come enjoy the good food and live music by Joe St. John and Larry Priest

The ticket price is $100 and admits 2.
Our Grand Prize is $2500 with additional surprises and cash prizes along the way.
PUT ON YOUR FLIP FLOPS AND HEAD FOR THE PARTY

For more info call The Dwelling Place
662-738-5348.

Prizes will be given out throughout the evening to the lucky winners who are present.
You need not be present to win the grand prize.

Donate online with PayPal

Tickets are now on sale.

Someone may be contacting you.

You can even buy your ticket through our online PayPal service. ----->

ADDRESS CHANGE

Soon our address will read:

2851 Dwelling Place Rd. Brooksville, MS 39739-9796

When we receive notice from the post office, possibly within the month, we can begin using this address.


Our new covered walkway.

SPRING WILL COME !

Believe it or not, the Jonquils are full of buds and even a few blossoms.


A new covered walkway now joins the chapel and the dining room. In November Southern Awning of Columbus built this walkway for us. We are so grateful. It was paid for through a grant from the Catholic Foundation of the Jackson diocese.

Interested in getting away
for one or more days of solitude and self-care?
Here is the place!

The Dwelling Place is a place of hospitality and prayer open to people of all Christian traditions. Scheduled retreats are offered two weekends each month; the remainder of the days are available for private or individually guided retreats or group retreat days. Spiritual direction and individual prayer are also available.

Consider bringing your prayer group, deacons, parish council, or a group of faith-filled friends to experience the peace and renewal that so many individuals experience here. Bring your own director. Tailor the time to fit your need for silence, prayer, sharing and input. Check our web site for options available.

Making Friends with PayPal

At the insistence of our advisory board member, Francis Baird, James McWharter, an IT from MSU, and Lee Terrio, our webmaster, directed us in setting up PayPal to receive donations, planned giving donations and retreat fees.

Donate online with PayPal

Our PayPal "button" (sample at the left) can be used to assist in sending a donation or retreat fee online. We are using PayPal as our online 'banker' but you need not be a member of PayPal for it to function. It accepts any credit card and/or checking account.

We hope that this ease of operation will facilitate and encourage your charitable giving and your registrations for retreats.

Round 'n About

The Dwelling Place nows owns a pick-up! For fifteen years Mary has donated her pick-up for 'hauling work' around the grounds. Our only expense has been to put in gas occasionally. During the past months the truck has needed major repair until it is no longer road trustworthy. The wrecking business has been thriving on her calls for assistance! We purchased her truck from her for work on site and she used the funds for trade-in on a new vehicle. Now that she has done major repairs, the truck will be an asset to our work here. Thanks, Mary.

Our Memorial Garden

Our Suzuki digital piano in chapel began to squeal and howl instead of providing beautiful music. Mr. Miles Honnell from Columbus repaired it and has it back in 'music making' business. A keyboard is essential to our prayer and our ministry here. We are so grateful.

Along with the above two unexpected expenses, Mary's computer has needed major repair. It is still in process of getting the kinks out. Now, the roof of Maria House hermitage is leaking! Probably from one of the recent storms. Hopefully the insurance will take care of that. Combined, all of these have added up to over $3500.

Because of your generous donations at Christmas and the Annual appeal, we have been able to meet these costs. We still have a sizeable debt from the remodeling of the dining room/kitchen last year and the re-siding of the chapel; however, these have all been essential and were a fraction, approx. less than 15%, of the cost of a new dining room/kitchen.

Recently Sheila stepped out of the office just when the UPS man came. Shadow, our 11 year old mostly lab, who was inside the building, warned the man by her bark and when he reached inside, she snapped at him. "Don't come in here, sir!" The gentle animal is so protective of us. Prince? he hides behind Sheila's chair!!


Grants received in 2013

$500-- Diane Howard Charitable Foundation- Mack and Katie Howard
$2000-- Schwab Charitable Foundation- Carol Taff
$2000-- Russell Gaines and Lynn Gaines Memorial Fund, Mr. J. Gaines- Russell and Lynn Gaines
$2000-- Catholic Foundation of Jackson Diocese
$3000-- Daughters of the King
$500-- Lendon Best Gift Fund- Donald Best
$38,000-- 28 monthly and quarterly Planned Givers

We are so grateful to all of these who believe in the ministry of The Dwelling Place.


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Newsletter

June 1, 2014 Vol. 28, No. 2 [p. 1]

Souvenir photos

2014 Luau fundraiser
Lee Home, Columbus
May 9, 2014

It was our best financial outcome ever

The music makers

Please don't draw my name! But those prizes do look good!

Kitchen service with a smile!

Mary calls the winners

Thanks to all who supported us

Food or beverage anyone?

Now who had more fun? These or those many not pictured.


Our address is now:

2851 Dwelling Place Rd

Brooksville MS 39739



In Memory of Monica Flower


Doug Van Lent
Sarah Carda
Marge Pollard
Clara Hicks
Jonathan and Morag Sell
Mary Hasselmann
Gert Van Lent
Marijo Bradley
Tom Van Lent
Julie Shockley
Jean Cihak

Monica Flower, my oldest sister, died Monday, May 12. She lived in Sioux City, IA and was 91. For the past two years she had lived in a nursing home. As an Army spouse and equipped with the skills learned in business school, she served in clerical positions in various parts of the US, and in retirement, in Sioux City.

Clare


In Memory of Mary Ann Dee

Mr. and Mrs. CS Stirling
Robert and Elizabeth Keenan
Dee Family
Morag Burgess Sell
Paul and Jean Cowan
Corpus Christi Church
Al and Lynn Wyman
Jack and Cindy Huerkamp
Mr. and Mrs. John Hagerman
John and Pat Maloney
Doris Bradley
J Roy and Debbie Dee
The Forte Institute
WR McKinzey




In Memory of Mrs. Cilia Brown by Richard and Carlyle Wolfe
In Memory of Mrs. Jane Wolfe by Richard and Carlyle Wolfe
In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Berke Shackleford by Richard and Carlyle Wolfe
In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Morley by Richard and Carlyle Wolfe
In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Shackleford by Richard and Carlyle Wolfe
In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. George Walker by Richard and Carlyle Wolfe
In Memory of Miss Catherine Crocker by Richard and Carlyle Wolfe
In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Robert Cain, Jr. by Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe
In Memory of Sr. Maggie by Anne Blazejak
In Memory of Sr. Maggie by Jerry and Marty Barich
In Memory of Shirley Burdine by Serenity Sisters in Meridian, MS
In Memory of Jimmy Maloney by John and Pat Maloney
In Memory of General Gary Winterberger by John and Pat Maloner




Giving by Diane Howard Charitable Foundation In Honor of
Mrs. Kaye Aikens
Mr. Glen Barney
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Fisketjon
Dr. Everett Hale
Mr. and Mrs. William Hays
Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Howard
Mr. George Howard
Mr. and Mrs. Bo Ramsay
Mr. and Mrs. Britt Turner IV
Ms. Anne Wallace
Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Wallace
Mrs. Lallie Wallace



Volunteer/Friend Returns

2014

Dr. Bobby Kurian and his family.

1999

Bobby Kurian (back row, center) as a student volunteer in 1999.

In March, 1999 Bobby Kurian was in a group of students from the University of Dallas who came for a spring break volunteer time here and in the area.

He says the experience had a major impact on his life and he wanted to bring his wife and four children back for a visit.

The photo at the left is from our June, 1999 newsletter archive and shows Bobby (back row, center) along with staff members, local resident Nikki Gregory (first row, center) and other students from the University of Dallas.

The photo at the right shows Bobby (Dr. Kurian) in 2014 with his wife, Dr. Neesha, a pediatrician, and their four children, Mia, Madeline, Blaise, and Kaleb. Dr. Kurian and his wife practice medicine and live in St. Louis.


Dwelling Place Community and Associates Weekend: February 21-23, 2014

Wonderful women. They share our vision and assist in countless ways. Front row: Linda Breazeale, Jenny Purtell, Mary Horrell, Heather Smith (Prince and Shadow). Back row: Clara Hicks, Clare Van Lent, Joan Bartik and Jan Roberts. Karen Henry is behind the camera.



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Newsletter

September 1, 2014 Vol. 28, No. 3

Pecan cluster.

How Rare is This?

This cluster of pecans was discovered last week near Clare House. Usually pecans cluster in two's or three's, so a cluster of nine is very rare!! Now we'll watch to see if all develop and produce nuts. How is this for showing forth God's bounty?


Adam and Mary build a new ramp.

Division of Labor??

Adam Smith came to the rescue of Prince who no longer can climb stairs. He and his loyal apprentice are building and erecting a ramp going up to our front porch.


Happy Birthday, Clare!

Surprise! Surprise!

On Friday evening, June 13, Mary and Sheila surprised Clare with a party with friends from the area for her 80th birthday. Their aim was 80 birthday cards for 80 years. Everyone was so generous; she received 120 cards!!

"OK, friend, now don't tell me I look it!! I have too much life to live."


August 15- Bishop Kopacz visits The Dwelling Place

Mary and Clare provide Bishop Kopacz with a tour.

'The Fruit of the Spirit' Cookbook

Mary and Clare showed Bishop Kopacz around the campus and explained their ministry in August. For a month they had eagerly anticipated the Bishop's visit to The Dwelling Place. The exterior of buildings were washed, the porches were re-painted, the lawns were mowed meticulously. All was in readiness.

They attended the re-dedication of the historic Annunciation Church in Columbus that evening. After the reception, they led Bishop Kopacz and Mary Woodward down this long gravel road to this place (second photo).

Saturday morning, Bishop Kopacz celebrated Mass with them in the chapel. After a light breakfast they had the opportunity to share their ministry and what it means to the diocese. At the very conclusion of their time here, as the Bishop and Mary were about to leave, she spotted a small skunk near the staff house. With one shot Mary Horrell put an end to his 'fragrance' forever.

Life in the country!!


Third Edition of Dwelling Place Cookbook
Just off the Press

Clare and Heather choose recipes for the new cookbook.

Early in June the process of updating our cookbook began. Heather Smith contacted the publisher, Morris Press, who sent all the necessary materials needed to publish it. From June 18-20 and 26-28 Heather typed over 400 recipes and we proofed them.

Recipes were included from Sr. Maggie's many favorite ones and many from Mary Ann Dee in memory of her and her culinary gifts. Recipes that we at The Dwelling Place have added over the past years and many from our Associates, past and present, and friends from Corpus Christi were included.

Recipes from more experienced cooks often do not contain necessary details that seem obvious to them, but are needed for the less experienced novice. It was for this reason that many 'proofings' were necessary. It is our intent that all the recipes included, besides being accurate, have been tried and tested.


Send your check to:
The Dwelling Place
2851 Dwelling Place Rd.
Brooksville, MS 39739

or

Donate online with PayPal

Dwelling Place Cookbook (3rd Ed.)
Advance Sales
Cookbook Coupon
Price per book $20.00
s/h per book $ 5.00
TOTAL PER BOOK $25.00
Number of Books x_______
GRAND TOTAL $_______

PURCHASED BY:

Name: _________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________

City: ___________________________________________________

State: ______________________ Zip: _______________________

Phone: (      ) _____________________________

Email:____________________________________


THANKS TO ALL...
who responded to our plea for assistance
in retiring our loan

We were able to pay down a small part of it this month.
Blessings on all of you who share in this ministry in Mississippi.

And finally ...

The Dwelling Place Angels

Donate online with PayPal

This season offers you an exciting schedule.

All imaginary games will be played right here at our own Umbria Field!

Purchase your No-Show Angels Season Tickets today and become part of the 2014 Successful Season of The Dwelling Place Angels.

2014 Season Ticket Offerings
No-Show Weekend Game $50.00
Month of No-Show Games$100.00
Month of No-Show Games with Tailgating $200.00
Season Tickets-No half-Time Show$250.00
Expanded Seating$500.00
Sky Box Tickets for Life$______

Your gift will help us meet the cost of:
  • replacement of a computer and printer;
  • new windows for the chapel/library.


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Newsletter

December 1, 2014 Vol. 28, No. 4

Library Treasures

During the past several months we have been updating the library. Susan Baird and the staff have all had a part in culling the books and checking every book and card.

As we have meticulously gone over each shelf, I have come to a renewed awareness and appreciation of the treasure we have in our library. It is a repository of collections by leading spiritual writers: Thomas Merton, Richard Rohr, Henry Nouwen, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Francis of Assisi as well as many more contemporary spiritual writers.

For starters, I perused Thomas Merton and I found 52 books by and about him. They include Seven Story Mountain, No Man is an Island, Seeds of Contemplation as well as Thomas Merton, Spiritual Master by Lawrence Cunningham, to name just a very few.

I invite anyone who is interested in delving into the masters of the spiritual life to come, check out a book and be enriched.

Prize sweet potatoes

Sweet Potatoes, Anyone??

This summer I thought it would be nice to grace the front porch of the administration building with a potted sweet potato vine gracefully decorating one corner. When I purchased the plants, they came in packets of eight. Since I needed only three for the pot on the porch, I planted the remaining plants in the rose and flower beds.

To my delight they flourished, climbing tenaciously around and over the flowers. When I heard that Vardaman was digging their potatoes, I decided to dig ours. To my delight those eight plants bore eleven pounds of sweet potatoes!

Imagine the joy of discovering that one of the potatoes weighed nearly 3 pounds and was 10" long!! That's a whole sweet potato casserole in one! Do you call that beginner's luck or God's bounty? Maybe some of both!

Clare

Mary at work

Many thanks ...

The Dwelling Place Cookbook

Third Edition of Dwelling Place Cookbook
In Time for Christmas Shopping

We were so grateful for the enthusiastic sales of our cookbooks that we ordered more!! They are here for your purchase!! Now! Before Christmas, for gifts!!

Recipes are included from Sr. Maggie's many favorite ones and many from Mary Ann Dee in memory of her and her culinary gifts. Recipes that we at The Dwelling Place have added over the past years and many from our Associates, past and present, and friends from Corpus Christi are included. It is our intent that all the recipes included, besides being accurate, have been tried and tested. We also discovered that the book stand is a hit!


Send your check to:
The Dwelling Place
2851 Dwelling Place Rd.
Brooksville, MS 39739

or

Donate online with PayPal.
Contact us separately by email to let us know that your PayPal donation is earmarked for the cookbook.

Dwelling Place Cookbook (3rd Ed.)
Advance Sales
Cookbook Coupon
Price per book $20.00
s/h per book $ 5.00
TOTAL PER BOOK $25.00
Number of Books x_______
GRAND TOTAL $_______

PURCHASED BY:

Name: _________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________

City: ___________________________________________________

State: ______________________  Zip: _______________________

Phone: (      ) _____________________________

Email:____________________________________

Heavy equipment crew

Never-ending Clean-up

It is a never-ending job. Just ask Joe Haftek or Corky Jones. During the past months they have been cutting down dead trees and cleaning up the grounds.

Corky Jones and Joe Haftek

Here they are cutting up some of the 'regular' trees, but when it came to the 100+ year-old trees by Francis House, 4-County hired a crew with two bucket trucks and took down the trees limb by limb and piece by piece; however, they left the 'remains' for Joe, Corky and crew to cut them up, haul them away and burn them.

And finally ...

...remember that while we schedule retreats at specific times, we welcome you to come privately for retreat or spiritual direction anytime it is convenient for you and space is available. Three hermitages (small cottages) are available. Just check our website and send in your request.

Consider bringing your prayer group, deacons, parish council, or a group of faith-filled friends to experience the peace and renewal that so many individuals experience here. Bring your own director.

Tailor the time to fit your need for silence, prayer, sharing and input. Check our website for options available. Contact Sheila Avery, secretary, 662-738-5348 to schedule your time.

Mary, Sheila, Clare

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