Welcome Letter from our Director
Dear Friends both old and yet to be,
Welcome to the Paulist Center Community’s website! As we say in our Mission Statement, crafted several years ago and still our guiding voice:
Attentive to the Holy Spirit and nourished by vibrant liturgy, we are a Catholic community that welcomes all, fosters healing and reconciliation, and acts for justice.
Our faith in God gathers us together. Ever seeking to be faithful and spirited followers of Jesus Christ, we worship weekly both to be nourished by the presence of Jesus and to be sent forth to live lives of loving witness in our world. But honestly, like most human beings, the intensity of our faith ebbs and flows as our circumstances change. Some of our members are truly saints, alive in their faith and tireless in their service to others. Many others are passionate about the breadth and depth of Catholicism’s teachings on justice, morality, and spirituality, even if they question a few specific teachings or how authority is exercised within the Church. Others may be a little tired, a little weary, or still seeking, filled with doubts. Still others are quite skeptical and echo one of Jesus’ apostles in Matthew 11:3, asking, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” We have welcomed people who initially entered through the big red doors thinking that Christianity was irrelevant to their lives… yet they encountered something — or Someone — here that compelled them to stay.
Our Christian commitment inspires us to be faithful to one another in this Paulist Center Community, even when some of us are struggling to re-enkindle the faith within ourselves. If you can find yourself in any one of these groups mentioned in the previous paragraph, we believe that the Holy Spirit may well be beckoning you to join us in our quest for the living God. As one of Jesus’ apostles said to a relative, “Come and see” (John 1:39).
We hope that, if you are new, you will join us in Sunday worship or in one of our ministries. If you have been around for a while, we hope that this website will open up dimensions of the Paulist Center of which you were unaware, and inspire you to serve in a ministry where your talents meet the world’s needs.
No matter your circumstances, you are welcome here! We are blessed by your presence. Please do not hesitate to reach out to express your questions, concerns, or suggestions!
Gratefully in Christ,
Fr. Rich Andre, C.S.P.