June 2002

Minneapolis staff beautifies Dorothy Day Center


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Advocacy Day participants from the Minneapolis office of Catholic Health Initiatives include (front) Kirk Mahlen; (kneeling, left to right) Diane Traffas, OP, Chris Jones, Lorna Meidlinger and Dave Zwickey; and (standing, left to right) Pat Auman, Bonnie Wagner, Mary Bobertz, Jody Schaefer, Marj Byrnes, Leslie Murphy, Michael Brannan, Claudia Guinetti, Randy Patton, Kathy Harmon, Will Schoeppner and Randy Wick, and Glenn Johnson of Maywood Evergreen Nursery.

On May 24, 17 members of the staff of the Catholic Health Initiatives office in Minneapolis, Minn., spent their annual Advocacy Day event digging, raking and planting in the courtyard garden of the Dorothy Day Center, named for the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, in St. Paul, Minn. The volunteers replaced long-untended foliage with fresh shrubs and flowers with the help of Glenn Johnson, owner of Maywood Evergreen Nursery. They also toured the Dorothy Day Center, which is run by Catholic Charities and provides housing and services to the homeless. The Catholic Health Initiatives’ staff concluded the day’s work by gathering around the garden’s fountain in prayer and sprinkling the area with holy water.