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Seminary Furnishing Project

Preamble · Background· Objective· Approach · Resources· Capital Needs & Timeline· Risks & Risk Management· Conclusion· [ Reflection ]


At Pentecost, 2005, I had begun reading through the Acts of the Apostles and the word, "boldly" kept jumping out at me. When I was invited to help with the furnishings project, trying to be a "bold" apostle made me say yes! Since then, I am focusing on Matthew 18:19-20:

"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you pray for, it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

The story to be shared from Puerto Plata is one of faith and of family. The joy of Jesus is reflected in the eyes of a people alive with their love for God. They are sustained by God and living in trust because of God in a country known for its poverty. This trust has been extended to us. We are part of the same family of God, woven together eternally by the same hand and born of the same womb of God. We delight in being one church.

On August 28th, 2005, our family in Puerto Plata celebrated the formal blessing of the new San Jose Seminary. We can imagine a joyful tremor in our church with so many seminarians walking through the doors. In the words of one young seminarian, "God gives us a heart of love and that heart of love we give totally to God."

Such abundance of love, life and hope for our church amidst such a lack of resources! Is that just the way it is, that some family members have more than others? No! We share as much in the excitement of breaking ground together as we do in the joy of breaking bread together.

An invitation is before us to participate in a family project; a hands on, old fashioned "barn raising." This dream "barn" consists of furnishings for the new seminary and twelve small community churches. With our help they will go from empty rooms to welcoming places to rejoice in together; from a place to lay onešs head (seminarian's bunk bed!) to a place to lay the gifts (altar!).

We hear the priest at mass speak the words, "Remember Your Church throughout the world." We realize this special remembrance occurs through us as God uses us in purposeful ways. We pray to respond with loving hearts and hands! May our church at home benefit and may we enrich the Church "throughout the world." We are thankful to the diocese of Puerto Plata because the furnishings project allows us to respond as God's instruments in active remembering. After all, God doesnšt give us challenges, but opportunities!

Caroline Hicks
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