UPDATE FROM THE CONGREGATION OF
THE GOOD SAMARITAN
July 5, 2010
The Congregation of the Good
Samaritan was chartered in the Diocese of New Orleans and the Anglican Catholic
Church on Trinity Sunday, 2009.
This was the culmination of six years of planning and hard work. The Congregation has been designed to
provide spiritual support for the many Religious within the church who find
themselves without the benefit of a local community.
The Rule of the Congregation of
the Good Samaritan combines the best of the Benedictine, Augustinian and
Franciscan Rules and can accommodate other Religious into our community
life. This concept has been
approved and encouraged by the College of Bishops, and may be the answer to the
needs of Religious scattered about the ACC.
Brother John of the Cross, FODC,
recently associated himself with the Congregation and has moved into the house
here in Lafayette and is enjoying his life with the
We have been in a period of
discernment regarding our location. We have located a house on some land near
Rye in the Big Thicket area of Southeastern Texas.
Plans for reconfiguration of the structure to meet the needs of the
Congregation are currently underway. The location provides a perfect area from
which to continue our hospice ministry and nursing home ministry in three nearby
cities. The surrounding
environment encourages reflection, meditation, and formation of the religious
spirit which will bring a much needed dimension to the new area of service the
bishop has called us to. He has
asked us to oversee and direct the educational process of lay and clergy alike
in the Diocese of New Orleans, to incorporate our spiritual and religious life
into the educational processes. It is his hope that our ministry will extend
well beyond the boundaries of the Diocese of New Orleans.
You are being invited to join us
on this journey. Your prayers are the foundation of our work. Your gifts, financial and physical will
benefit those we serve and allow us to fulfill the ministry God has given us in
the best possible way and the shortest amount of time. You can join with those
who have already begun to support this ministry.
It is Bishop Hutchens’ firm
belief that the Vocation of Religious Orders are very important to the spiritual
life of the Church. Speak with Our
Lord to seek whatever he is calling you to do.
Our goal is to relocate to the
property the first of August.
Sister Anne, CGS, Governess
Father John Benedict, CGS,
Dear family and friends,
We went to Rye to look at the property yesterday with an eye about
scheduling work and the move, etc. Maybe I was just tired, but I will
admit the process looks more overwhelming than I remembered. The
electrician did come out and looked at the house, but reported that almost all
of the inside electrical wiring had been stolen--hmmmm--so he will have to
totally rewire the house (a great friend has kindly agreed to finance this
project for now to the tune of about $5000). The work will take a week or
We found a young man who lives just a few acres away who removes trees for
a living, so he will be glad to remove the tree that fell on the electrical box
during the hurricane. (He will do it for $400, and maybe remove some of
the brush and shrubs that have overgrown the driveway and the path up to the
house. He has the equipment to do that.)
Next, the owners have to decide what of the furniture that is in the house
they want to keep. About all I would keep for us, if they don't want it,
is the dining room table and eight chairs and a very nice, large hutch. A
few bookcases might fit, but nothing else much would work for us. Once
they get the stuff out that they want, then we need to get a drop-off container
brought in and just start throwing out.
The ceiling in the house is that fiber, sound proofing, hanging stuff, that
simply doesn't hold up in this humid climate. So, we will need to replace
that, and take up the old and dirty carpet. All that is under the carpet
is the sub-flooring, so we plan to put some sort of wood looking flooring down
and skip carpeting. We measured all the windows (lots of them--all of
which needed washing--a major one or two day project) and are ordering fabric to
make curtains for the living room, dining room and kitchen. That is going
to be my project for the next couple of weeks. (We don't plan to go back
until the electricity is on and the water can be turned on. Too hot and no
We have to do something with the kitchen so that the fridge and stove we
have will fit. Right now it has a very small kitchen and a breakfast nook
on one end that takes up about 1/3 or more of the total kitchen space.
Skip the breakfast nook and eat at the dining room table or out on the
porch--that would be nice most of the year. Then we will have room to
build in a bunch of cabinets, so we will have room for our "Kitchen Stuff and
Things." We want to get a small freezer as soon as we can afford it so
that we can shop at Sam's or Costco in Houston or Beaumont once a month, and
then just use the local grocery stores for such things a fresh vegetables and
fruits, bread, milk, etc.
Everything needs either scrubbing, throwing away, or painting. Maybe
some wallpaper in the living room. We at least have to get rid of the old
wall paper that is on two walls.
So far, with a $500 check that has been promised, we have $3,054.00 toward
the move and the initial expenses. Not everything has to be done right
away. Throwing away and scrubbing, plus the ceiling, will pretty much take
care of the "first things that have to be done." After that, we can take
it as it comes.
When will we move? Well, we are still hoping for the first of August,
but time will tell. There is a lot to do before we can actually start
living there, and there is more money to raise. We have sent letters to
all the parishes in the Diocese and those haven't had time for a response yet.
Next, I plan to send a similar letter to other people in the Church,
outside our Diocese, who might be interested. Brother John of the Cross is
working hard on his family and friends in Denver, and has had some very positive
responses. Several of our Oblates have sent donations, so that is a great
help. But our biggest supporters are our families, and we truly appreciate
We took some pictures yesterday, and as soon as Father John Benedict has
time, we will send some of them to you. By the way, Debi and her family
have offered to come for a few days in August before school starts again to see
what we have and lend a hand. They will have to pretty much camp out in
the living room, but we will be very glad to have the help. Hopefully, we
will be a bit moved in by then--if not, well, we will have to see. If
anyone else would like to visit anytime after the middle of August, we would be
thrilled to have some help. And, we can offer you a cot to sleep on and
great food! We are good cooks. Let us know when you can come and we
will meet you at the Rye Post Office and guide you in. We are still
leaving breadcrumbs along the way to find it, but we will get the hang of it
soon. Turn right, left, right. left, left, right, hang a U, right, left,
left, don't hit the dogs, and there you are. It is lots of fun~!
all dirt--but mostly recently oiled--roads.
Well, there you are--the most recent update. We will keep you posted
as time goes on. We are going to move to Rye. The question right now
is mostly "When?"
Love to you all
Sister Anne, CGS
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