Celebrating Spiritual Space

August 22, 2019   |   Barb Arland-Fye

The Prairie, which straddles Scott and Clinton counties along the Wapsipinicon River, abounds with wild flowers, native grass prairie woodland and rolling hills. Pollinator strips line either side of the entrance road where monarch butterflies flit to and fro. A sitting area with benches and shade trees overlooks the Prairie’s pond. A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary adds to the sense of spirituality. A rock garden swale takes an artistic approach to erosion control.

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LCWR Calls for End to Gun Violence

August 8, 2019   |   Sister Annmarie Sanders, IHM; LCWR Director of Communications

The recent mass shootings in our country impel us to once again beg all citizens and all elected leaders to end the rampant rage and division that have overpowered the nation and too often result in mass, indiscriminate violence. We are a nation that promises a life free from fear, and yet we seem unable to stop the epidemic of hate that has overwhelmed us. As we have been carrying in our own hearts the pain being endured by families who have lost loved ones and those wounded through gun violence, we bring in as well those impacted by these latest attacks.

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Humility Homes & Services introduces new executive director

June 27, 2019   |   By Barb Arland-Fye and Elizabeth Starr The Catholic Messenger

“Today we thank you especially for Ashley Velez, our HHSI executive director, as she continues to strengthen the web of relationships that encourages generous community members to share expertise, time and resources in response to challenges faced by sisters and brothers in our community who experience homelessness….”

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CHM Sisters Celebrate Jubilees

June 20, 2019   |   Lisa Martin

The Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM) announces the 2019 jubilees of these members of the CHM congregation.

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Conversations at The Prairie

March 28, 2019   |   Barb Arland-Fye

Catholics celebrate Mass with exuberance in Nigeria, he said. They dance, sing a lot and are receptive to longer homilies. If a priest in Africa preaches for only 10 to 15 minutes, people ask, “What’s wrong with Father?” That’s the reverse here, he said Bishop Martin Amos (now retired) told him.

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CHMS Among Iowa Landowners Honored at State Capital

March 14, 2019   |   Rowan McMullen Cheng

CHMs Among Iowa Landowners Honored at State Capital - “Gift to Iowa’s Future Day is a special moment for all of us,” said INHF President Joe McGovern. “It’s important that we take the time to recognize and celebrate the generosity of these donors. It’s truly an honor to work with landowners that provide wild places for our future generations."

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"Listen Up!’ Sisters of the Upper Mississippi River Valley say

March 7, 2019   |   Anne Marie Amacher

That got her to thinking about the possibility of collaboration between women religious and Azubuike African American Council for the Arts. Could they work together for the celebration of National Sisters Week — March 8-14? The answer to her question ultimately led to the campaign “Listen Up,” sponsored by Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi River Valley. The campaign features three, 60-second videos directed and produced by Azubuike using local teenage and adult actors. Sister Johanna Rickl, vice president of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, said the message is meaningfully communicated through the creative assistance of Azubuike. “We found a voice to help deliver the message of unity,” Sr. Rickl said. “Azubuike’s mission is to reconcile racial divides and to spark a much larger conversation about race relations in the Quad Cities through the arts. We are grateful to them and their actors and crew, many of whom are at-risk youth, for their help.”

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Journalist to Bishops: We will be 'worst enemies' if you cover up abuse

February 27, 2019   |   Valentina Alazraki

I would like that on this occasion the Church play offense and not defense, as has happened in the case of the abuse of minors. It could be a great opportunity for the Church to take the initiative and be on the forefront of denouncing these abuses, which are not only sexual but also abuses of power.

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Q-C nonprofits attack human trafficking

February 8, 2019   |   Jonathan Turner

“One of the things we hear most often when we go and speak in the community is that people don't believe human trafficking exists here in the Quad-Cities,” Ann Mohr, president of the 10-year-old organization, said. It does and must be addressed, she noted.

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ICE-impacted families will open presents sealed with love

December 20, 2018   |   Barb Arland-Fye

Sister Mary Bea Snyder, CHM, one of Monday’s gift-bearers, displays cookies and other edible creations — melting snowmen, reindeer cupcakes, Rice Krispies wreaths – that she and her friends prepared and packaged — 32 plastic containers in all. Sr. Bea also purchased 45 gifts for the immigrants’ children, with donations from the Humility of Mary Sisters of Davenport, associates, friends and others.

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Shelter for Homeless Will Remain

December 6, 2018   |   Alma Gaul

After some scrambling, the groups came up with a solution to carry through this winter: The King's Harvest emergency shelter will remain open...

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Irene Munoz: Amazing Labor Activist

November 1, 2018   |   Lisa Martin

“Amazing Iowa Women”‒an A-Z illustrated guide to some of Iowa’s most extraordinary women. The book features one of our own,Sr. Irene Muñoz, CHM, an amazing labor activist.

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Humility Homes and Services 10th Anniversary

October 8, 2018   |   Barb Arland-Fye

But the Congregation of the Humility of Mary's faith in God, coupled with a collaborative effort that bordered on the miraculous, gave the shelter and its guests a new lease on life. On Sept. 21, Humility Homes and Services celebrated the 10th anniversary at the shelter previously known as Humility of Mary Shelter before its merger with Humility of Mary Housing this year.

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Spirit of the Prairie Fundraiser

August 23, 2018   |   Lisa Martin

Spirit of the Prairie will feature locally raised and prepared food, local wine and beer, live music by the Barley House Band, and a silent auction. Walking and golf cart tours of the retreat center and grounds will also be available. You will visit the “Cosmic Walk,” labyrinth, Way of the Cross, prairie trails, nature pond and gardens.

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Agencies merge to create Humility Homes and Services Inc.

July 15, 2018   |   Jennifer DeWitt

As of July 1, Humility of Mary Housing Inc. and its sister organization Humility of Mary Shelter Inc. have merged into Humility Homes & Services Inc. The combined organization retains all its transitional and supportive housing services, homelessness prevention programs, and an emergency shelter in Davenport.

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