Peniel–October Newsletter of Temenos Catholic Worker



“Where Jacob wrestled with God”

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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

October, 2019

Twenty Fifth Anniversary Issue


Journal of An Alien Street Priest:

On October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, we moved into our room on Polk Street in 1994, and that day Temenos Catholic Worker  came into being. We walked out the door, and took four young men and bought them pizza beginning our ministry of presence. And on this twenty fifth anniversary Fr. Henri Nouwen speaks for me:

A New Vision of Maturity

“I find myself with the same old struggles every time I am in a new and unfamiliar milieu. In particular, the experience of isolation keeps returning, not in a lessening but in an increasing degree. Becoming older makes the experience of isolation much more familiar—maybe simply because of sheer repetition—but not less painful.

So maybe the question is not how to cope better, but how slowly to allow my unchanging character to become a way of humility and surrender to God. As I recognize my fears of being left alone and my desire for a sense of belonging, I may gradually give up my attempts to fill my loneliness and be ready to recognize with my heart that God is Emmanuel, “God-with-us,” and that I belong to him before anything or anyone else.

And so a new vision of maturity may emerge; not a vision in which I am more and more able to deal with my own pains, but one in which I am more willing to let my Lord deal with them. After all, maturation in a spiritual sense is a growing willingness to stretch out my arms, to have a belt put round me, and to be led where I would rather not go (John 21:18). “

Thank you for your support, your prayers, and your friendship. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Fr. River+

An Invitation to A Homecoming Feast Celebrating the

Twenty Fifth Anniversary of

Temenos Catholic Worker

Father River Damien Sims, Director

Saturday, October 5, 2019

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

1755 Clay Street

San Francisco, CA

An Evening of Celebration

With A Meal of

Slow Cooked Honey Ham

Vegan Corn Chowder

Cole Slaw


Holy Communion and Sharing of Stories

Guest Speaker: Sara Solis, Daughter of Sue Haines, author of Are You Susan?

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

P.O. Box 642656                                                  415-305-2124

San Francisco, CA 94164

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