Peniel–Newsletter of Temenos Catholic Worker


“Where Jacob Wrestled With God and Survived”

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

415-305-2124 (pay pal)

July, 2017

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min., D.S.T.,  Director


Journal of An Alien Street Priest:


“We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others”.

– Elisabeth Elliot

“Being in the closet creates a kind of personality.  One—the true you—totally hidden from view. The other—the one that interacts with the world—is a fake.  Always hidden behind a mask, always on the defensive, always in fear of discovery and its terrible consequences.  Feelings of guilt, of shame, and above all, fear color our whole lives and prevent us from being WHOLE people.” E. Kenneth Bennett

Both of these quotes call us as Christians to “come out” and enter into the journey of “wholeness,” or, as Paul tells us in Philippians, to “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.” To come out and live as the first Christians who drew people to them.  “All believers were united and shared everything. They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them.” Acts 2:42 ff.

Those are not idle words—the early Church was built on the power of the Spirit of Christ in the actions of his followers. Today we have thousands on the street—in front of churches darkened after the sun goes down, in a country where there is plenty for everyone.

We want to avoid suffering, we want to avoid the pain and the darkness of people’s lives, but to have wholeness in our lives, we must embrace that pain, that suffering, and that is when people are healed, fed, clothed, housed, provided health care, and we find the joy of resurrection and wholeness.

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!



A Gift has been  given by Le Nothnagle in memory of Chris Cornell, who died on May 17.


The Work of Temenos

The work of Temenos moves in the ebb and flow of the foggy nights of summer. We are out four nights a week providing snacks, socks, harm reduction supplies, and pastoral care, to hundreds. Two nights, we serve a hot meal.  We celebrate the Eucharist one night each week. We make hospital calls, take phone and text messages at all hours of the day and night, providing pastoral care to whoever desires it. We celebrate weddings and funerals. In summary, we administer the Sacraments and Word.


We are beggars, depending upon your generosity, and so if you would like to give. please send gifts to:


Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

Or through PayPal at

All gifts are tax deductible.


“In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live—time to get acquainted with You, time to enjoy Your blessings, and time for each other.”

– Peter Marshall










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