Mother Teresa has been in my house!

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August 25, 2013 by Alex Johannigman

I made it! Today is my first day in Denver working with Christ in the City. So far I haven’t done much aside from move into my tiny room on the third floor of the Seton House, the home of all of the Christ in the City missionaries since the beginning of their second year just one year ago.

This house is awesome, and I learned today that it also has a rich history. It was built in the 1920s as a convent and school. In 1982 the school closed, but shortly after that, the Seton House found a new purpose when Mother Teresa visited Denver in 1989 and opened a Missionaries of Charity mission here that served as a hospice for AIDS patients. In 2009 the Sisters moved to another location that was closer to the poorer parts of the city. It wasn’t used from 2009 to 2012, but now, it is the home for over a dozen young lay missionaries including myself.

It is really cool to be part of the history of this awesome building, and to be able to share that part of it’s history with many other missionaries around my age who share my passion for service. I think this year is going to be a great one.

To learn more about the history of the Seton House, check out these sites:

http://www.historicdenver.org/programs/current-issues/cathedral-high-school-and-convent-and-oscar-malo-jr-memorial-hall/

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_21323486/archbishop-sam-aquila-reopens-denvers-historic-seton-house

http://www.christianpost.com/news/historic-seton-house-in-denver-reopens-to-serve-the-poor-80365/

Here are some pictures!

The courtyard is absolutely beautiful.

The courtyard is absolutely beautiful.

I have a chapel in my house! How cool is that?

I have a chapel in my house! How cool is that?

View of the courtyard from the balcony outside my room.

View of the courtyard from the balcony outside my room.

My room for the next year. It’s like the tiny college dorm room I never had because I went to Rice.

 

The entrance to the Seton House

The entrance to the Seton House

The John Paul II room, which makes me miss the John Paul II House in Irving less.

The John Paul II room, which makes me miss the John Paul II House in Irving less.

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