What follows are images from this past month of hosting the beloved Maureen "Auntie Mo" Dabula of East London, South Africa. I've written, emailed, blogged ad naseum. Let's have the photos speak for themselves, eh? (Well, with a couple captions as guiding narration...?!)
Love and blessings,
Giggling with former student "Foogie" (or as Mo liked to refer to him: 'Goofy')
And yet another "retreat space": the CSJ sisters' Mary and Patrice's place in North Minneapolis
Mo checking out their gardens...
Mass early church style: in the living room / sacred space of the Visitation Monastery, Fremont Avenue. (You can see the original "Windsock Visititation" depicting Mary and Elizabeth by Brother Mickey (actually seated below the painting here, next to Sr. Katherine.)
A divine appointment: Maureen and Michelle Perkins meeting to discuss HIV/ AIDS work in Sub-Saharan Africa. (Thanks for intro Sr. Katherine!)
The beautiful and beaming spirit of Michelle....
Another meal: Linda Willette welcomes us to Lasagna at the Stone Arch Lofts in Downtown Minneapolis
Linda and Mo from the Guthrie Bridge
Getting into Boston!
2222 Massachusett's Avenue: Our posh quarters in Cambridge - courtesy of Zac Willette!
Margaret Post Party Conversation: A View from Above
Clinking in prayer and toasts
Two beloved Connectors, hosts with Large spirits and Love:
Margaret Post and Zac Willette
(friend and researcher at Harvard Project Zero.)
And we are treated to another meal of fine organic style in the Charles Hotel's by Ms. Amy.
Going to the University of Minnesota: Entering Nicholson Hall
More on Mo's work within the church - and the intersection with Writing Project philosophy.
What's a trip to Minnesota without meeting Melissa's infamous fire-fighting friend, Marianna?
(who loved to refer to Mo as "the South American Nun.")
Post-gardening, pre-mass and preaching...
Meeting St. Philip's beloved Pastoral Associate, Cindy Boggs
Saturday's entrance with Fr. Pat Griffin
From the pulpit: Aunt Mo breaks open scripture with her South African spirit and spunk!
Post - Saturday Mass: Attending "Peace Across the Northside"
Meeting up with the Beloved City Councilman, Don Samuels.
Our dear Sisters' Patrice and Mary greeting Mo in the street.
Holding hands from Broadway to Lowry: North Minneapolis standing for PEACE!
The kind of bumper stickers we see along this route.
Melissa and Jimmie at Peace Across the North side:
(photo courtesy of Michael Benham)
A second preaching opportunity:
Fr. Pat and Mo process in on Sunday at St. Philip's.
Blessing by Fr. Pat
Mo having lunch and laughs with Choir Members: Betty Lou, Judy and Karen
Beth's ACTUAL 60th Birthday: Mo and Melissa prepare a meal for her mother and uncle, Fr. Dave, and Dad, Steve.
The sunset from the cabin deck...Overlooking Lewis and Clark Reservoir.
Visiting Melissa's childhood city: Norfolk, Nebraska
Retreating to the deck to read, before Beth's Birthday Party Shenanigans..
In the Club house:
Dad, Uncle Joe, Mom, Mo, Grandpa Liewer