St. Clare of Assisi was known for her deep love for both the poor and the contemplative practices of the Church.  Clare hall has lived up to its namesake by being host to ministries that embody these two charisms so well in the past couple of weeks.

L-R: Deb Royals (JTP Artistic Director), Renee Wimberley and Alison Lawrence

The Justice Theater Project has concluded its run of Molly Daughter.  The gift of the theater helps us to see in an up close and personal way the human side of economic policy.  Theater, as well as the arts in general, are among the many comtemplative practices that the Catholic Church has supported throughout the centuries.

The hardships of Irish immigrant coal miners from the 19th century were brought to life.  The men faced brutal working conditions and even death when they tried to speak out against unjust conditions. The story was told by the women who were left behind to carry on.

The Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network (WIHN) also hosted 3 homeless families for a week—all single mothers with children ages 4 months to 16 years.  We provided food, housing and a welcoming community right here on the church campus.  One family mentioned how nice it was to have such delicious meals served.  They all have been grateful to have people around that they can talk to and have a chance to feel normal, not just “homeless.”

The WIHN ministry provides this hospitality 4 times each year, and they have been an active ministry at this parish since 2000.