Doug and Cathy Olesen
When my wife, Cathy first brought me to the Casa for Mass, it was Oct. 9, 2005, and Father Larry Dolan was preaching. His topic was "All Are Welcome." As his homily evolved, I realized that he was speaking directly to me. As a lapsed Lutheran, I had only recently begun to miss being a member of a spiritual community. That Sunday was an awakening for me and on April 11, 2009, after completing RCIA, I formally joined at the Easter Vigil. It was then that our commitment began to ensure that the Casa could remain a place where all would be welcome for years to come.
At the Casa, All Are Welcome is more than just a tag line or a postscript; it is the foundation of our faith. It is not only a song we sing, it is our soul that we proclaim. We recognize that being so is a manifestation of Christ in our world. It means inviting and gathering everyone to participate, even the most vulnerable. It is a place where there is no hidden "asterisk" or "but"; no one is excluded here. It means being hospitable, helpful, encouraging and charitable to all who come. And it is the foundation that we as a couple want to preserve.
So we have done as many other members are doing and have attended the Legacy Workshop, made our pledge, signed the forms and joined the La Verna Society. We have worked with Mary Dunn, Director of the Endowment Initiative, to designate a portion of our estate to ensure that the Casa will always have the means to be the place of welcome that we value so highly.
Won't you join us?