Holy Family Transition

“We need Houses of Hospitality
to show what idealism looks like
when it is practiced.”
Peter Maurin
We have been practicing a lot of idealism recently in the Holy Family community. In an ideal world, the needs of the marginalized and hungry could be put on pause while the community mourns, dreams and negotiates over this transition. (In an ideal world, there would be no marginalized or hungry!) So we practice idealism in that we are putting hospitality on hold to attend to the survival and re-awakening of the house. We look toward a future where the house is a safe and welcoming place for all who enter. And we are grateful for the people and places that will continue to serve our neighborhood while we transition and grow.
The house will be closing for growth, repairs, cleaning and focus on live-in community beginning Thursday, June 3rd after a final liturgy. We anticipate being closed most of the summer with a re-opening scheduled sometime before September 1st.
Believe it or not, I have fielded two replies to our community-member want ads in the last week! One was a woman who was interested in living in the house for a month or so over the summer, another a man who might be interested in a longer-term committment. Thanks be to God for this trickle of hope!
We are also very excited about our growing extended community houses, which look to have upwards of 8 live-in members in the coming months! For those of you who don’t know, extended community houses are homes in the neighborhood of Holy Family whose residents live in intentional community with one another. The houses are great sources of support for Holy Family.
On May 1st, 1933 the first edition of The Catholic Worker was published. On May 1st, 2010 I begin this blog with the hope that it will be a source of good and clear communication in the future as Holy Family’s transition becomes reality. (I also pray I can channel some of Dorothy’s spirit and agitate you all into action!) If you have any questions or comments about the transition or the extended community houses, please contact Rachael or Gina at holyfamilycw@gmail.com

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