Peniel: Newsletter of Temenos Catholic Worker


“Where Jacob Wrestled With God and Survived!”

Temenos Catholic


P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

415-305-2124 pal)


Journal of An Alien Street Priest:

Memory is such a central part of our individual and collective work.  It is about trauma and healing and how they are transmitted through the generations. I recognize the invocation of memory, history and ancestors in the practices of the memory of the youth I hang out with.  I cook as a creative practice.  Someone once said that being in the kitchen “didn’t feel like learning,” it felt like remembering.  In the practice of moving my hands, preparing the food, mixing the dishes, lovingly placing ingredients in pans and watching it cook, I am opening a channel to the past.  Memory is held in the body which is well documented in the context of trauma.  But it is also possible to remember something beautiful that we have never experienced in our own lifetime.  Cooking is a way of bringing to mind the goodness within each  one of us, for in cooking we are loving others without race, creed, color, or sexual orientation.  Bill Kelley, Jr. in a talk of how art “decolonizes” presents a reality which removes traces of trauma, separation, and division and brings us into unity as human beings.  That is the art of cooking–it places us on an equal level. We lay aside our differences. Our defenses are brought down and we can react in love.

Cooking is at the heart of my ministry. It is a craft, an art, that anchors me in my Southern heritage, with my grandparents, my parents, and my ministry in churches and on the streets.  Food is a connection that brings a sacramental connection to people. In my earliest parishes, meals were a means of fellowship that held people together; at Thanksgiving I would host a dinner for members who did not have a family and would be eating alone. From the first moment I began my ministry on the street I would buy pizza for youth in order to enter into a relationship.  Every day I am buying food for people; each day I have food to be given out, and I cook two meals a week, a Thanksgiving meal as well as Christmas and Easter meals. Cooking is the center of our ministry. Over each meal I pray a Eucharistic prayer, and ask Christ to become real in the food.  Each meal becomes the Eucharist-Christ present in each person!

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!



MAY 9, 2017




A Service of Remembrance and Protest

through Prayer and the  Giving of Vegetarian Pizza to Homeless Youth

Philip was executed on May 9, 2007 in Tennessee with questions about his innocence. His last request was that vegetarian pizza be given to the homeless.

We remember him and protest the Death Penalty on this Day!


Graduation Reception for Fr. River Damien Sims

In Honor of His Receiving the Doctor of Ministry Degree


Knox Theological Seminary

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

May 27, 2017

Guaymas Restaurant

5 Main Street, Art Row Shopping Center

Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920


Reservations Suggested


phone: 415-710-8709



When people donate money to us, one can say it becomes the money of Temenos Catholic Worker, but we personally always remember that that money is the possession of others given to be used for the welfare of our street youth, and we use it as a sacred trust and in a responsible manner. Food, socks, pastoral care, and harm reduction supplies are provided through your giving.

Please give as your heart leads you:

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



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