A Students’ Heart’s Home Center has, by definition, an essential feature distinguishing it from the other Centers: their members ‘graduate’ and move on. Consequently, their ‘home away from home’ moves on with them: from a home in brick to a home of flesh in the lives of each one of their members.
After four years of fruitful, joyful and Gospel-filled ministry, our Spokane chapter is closing up.
Thank you Amy, Jessica, Margaret and Victoria!
Thank you Mackenzie, Jordan, Kaeli, Hannah and Katherine!
Thank you Samantha, Katie and Maggie!
Thank you for the gift of yourselves to the Queen of all Consolation!
As a Thanksgiving-filled token of gratitute, here is a short account of these four years:
In the words of Amy,
founder member of the Heart’s Home St Ignatius Center
"The first word that comes to mind when thinking of the last 4 years of our little student Heart’s Home is JOY. So many faces of friends flood my mind with memories of shared encounters, little moments of growth through college, and gratefully appreciating simple times of living life together. As we slowly discerned that the Holy Spirit was asking us to close this chapter of our home, there was some denial and some fear wondering “Where will those moments of joy come from now? How will we be able to continue living this charism without this home?” The answer was obvious enough, and through much grace, we came to realize it has always been the Holy Spirit leading our community in this home, he hasn’t abandoned us, he continues to call us, just in a new way. Our God is a faithful God. He gave us this home and community as a gift and just as easily he will continue to give what each of us needs to continue this journey of compassion. When we announced our closing, our friends, from our most recent to some of our very first shared in our same feelings of gratitude for these last 4 years. As our farewell Mass coincided with graduation, I couldn’t help wondering ’Did it take us 4 years to graduate from the Kindergarten of Love?’ Just as a graduation is a commencement, so too, our lives begin a new chapter. Jordan will move in with my husband and I and help us take care of the new baby and help to keep in touch with our friends who remain local. Each member of the past 4 communities is going off to a place in Washington and beyond to continue spreading the charism of compassion we have learned through our time here. It would be impossible to express the gratitude we feel to our friends who were the ones to pray with us, study and motivate us, share our meals and our joy with us. Thank you for teaching us all about the simple power of love!"
In the words of our friends:
"You have been a wonderful witness to the joy of the Gospel and the message of Jesus to so many and to the Gonzaga Community. I am privileged to celebrate the four years with you" -Fr. Hartin
"We are all so sad that Hearts Home will not be an “official” part of The Ministry Institute as you all move in different directions. However, you will forever be a wonderful part of our memories, our heritage and our faith, and we know you will bring compassion and care wherever each and all of you end up in your lives of ministry." -Shonna Bartlett
"There is of course a certain sadness in my heart to think that this chapter is closing...but mostly awe and gratitude for the beauty that has come alive and planted so many seeds through this mission of compassion." -Jessica Morley