The student Heart’s Home in Spokane is composed of 5 American youth who serve the students of Gonzaga University and the greater Spokane community through sharing meals, coffee, conversation, and brunch every Sunday. We offer times of prayer and retreat. We share in the lives of the students and offer them a “home away from home.”
The student Heart’s Home began in September 2011. Two years after Amy returned from a Heart’s Home mission in Honduras, she desired to be able to continue the spirit of compassion. While studying and working she was struck by the loneliness of so many students who had moved away from home and she saw the charism of Heart’s Home as the most needed response.
Friendship with l’Arche
One apostolate is sharing in a friendship with the L’Arche community. L’Arche is a community of adults with mental disabilities. Through this weekly encounter, we visit their community for dinner or invite them for brunch. We offer the opportunity for students to share in this valuable friendship and allow “the poor to be our teachers of love.”
Every Sunday we reflect on the writings of a theologian. Through this time of sharing, we are able, as a community and with others, to live the week with a contemplative gaze and concretely go deeper in this mission of compassion.
We say night prayer as a community every night, pray the rosary twice a week together and strive to attend daily adoration and Mass. All of these we invite and encourage our friends to share in and allow them a time of peace and reflection.
Many students leave their home state to come to Gonzaga University. Through our Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day parties, we offer them a time of companionship during the holidays when they are unable to be with their families.
We studied together, watched movies, ate meals, and just spent time. Our friendships developed to the point that I consider each of them to be best friends. They didn’t just fill a void—they overwhelmed me with love and support”.
Kyle Franklin Graduate Student at Gonzaga
We invite you to share this spirit of Compassion by taking part in various activities, just contact us!