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Benincasa Community Updates, Events & Invitations, and Reasons for Co-creation

The Cosmos

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Benincasa Community Newsletter - Volume 1.2

Thank you Sr. Clare Nolan for writing this beautiful piece about Benincasa Community in Global Sisters Report.  www.globalsistersreport.org/node/38176

“I will go where you go, I will live where you live; your people will be my people, your God will be my God.” ~ Ruth 1:16

Lent is well underway, and fasting has focused our faith and elevated our spirits. We’ve eliminated our favorite earthly indulgences--sweets, meat, and alcohol--and turned our attention to stars. Through regular study with the Sisters and watching Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s COSMOS, we are awakened to the fact that all life is linked and interdependent. We were so excited about our learnings, we invited family and friends to a Lenten Liturgy with a “cosmic walk” in our Chapel.

As part of the liturgy, we reflected on biblical examples of unity in the face of social and cultural divisions. When, for example, Ruth’s mother-in-law (Naomi) insisted that Ruth move on and begin a new life after her husband’s death, Ruth instead affirmed her connection to her mother-in-law. Ruth understood our desire for and the beauty of unity and re-union. Our community continues to explore how we welcome, and sometimes neglect, this invitation to love and understand our neighbor as ourselves.  

As the weather warms, the number of guests at the Soup Kitchen and members of the newly established Food and Faith CSA Program increases. Twenty-five NYC families, 50+ Soup Kitchen guests, and residents and visitors in our house (there are now 11 of us living here!), will all soon experience the joy of examining a basketful of fresh parsnip and spinach each week. Recipe ideas are appreciated!

In under two weeks, four Albertus Magnus College students will join Benincasa and visit our work and ministry sites while on an alternative break trip sponsored by their school. Help us pray for “all systems go” with our hot water as we look forward to creating a warm and welcoming home for a group of young people on fire for social justice.

Finally, our community member and Dominican Volunteer, Julie Iuliano heard back from Boston College’s School of Social Work and will be working toward her MSW beginning this fall. Congratulations, Julie!

As always, thank you to the many people who support and sustain our work!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Lenten Prayer Service
Please join us March 12 for a Lenten prayer service at Benincasa. We are learning to align ourselves with all of creation by exploring God's grandeur in the Universe. Come join us for a cosmic walk, reflection, and light lunch from 11am-1pm.

April Work Day
On April 30 beginning at 9am, we invite you to join us for a day of restoration, community, and spring time recovery as we complete work and repairs throughout Benincasa. We believe everyone has something beautiful to offer and welcome all skill and interest levels. See you then!

Sean McCreight