YES! The once dilapidated rectory at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church has been given new livery and new innards, and is reborn as Honolulu’s first Catholic Worker house of hospitality. It is affectionately named “Wallyhouse” in recognition of the efforts of Wally Inglis, chair of the Hawaii Coalition for Creative Housing, who paved the way for the funds needed to make the house livable. David Catron and barbara bennett, both members of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis (TSSF) responded to a call put out by St. Elizabeth’s Rector, Rev. David Gierlach to Franciscans interested in starting a Catholic Worker house here. In March, they cemented their commitment to this ministry.
On Sunday July 8, 2018, those who had worked hard to bring this project to life, and others interested in learning more, gathered to lift in prayer, Wallyhouse, its Franciscan hosts, and all those who help “do what comes to hand” as Dorothy Day would say, for those in need.
As powerless as we appear to be in the face of the unremitting cruelties of our time, this creation of a Catholic Worker community at St. Elizabeth’s is a way to assert, as Day did, that “love, and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up. . . If we love enough we are going to light that fire in the hearts of others. And it is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us.”
WALLYHOUSE HOURS of SERVICE
Mon-Fri: 8a.m.-12p.m.; 2p.m. – 4p.m.
Sat: 8a.m.-12.00p.m. Closed on Sunday.
Interested in helping?
Call David Catron (805)212-0237 or barbara bennett (805)535-5677
In-kind contributions of toiletries, snack food, underwear, laundry soap in pods, art supplies, are welcome. Donations are tax deductible.
This is such a beautiful, deeply inspiring piece, Dawn.I have always loved & tried to emulate what the Catholic Worker Houses of Hospitaity attempt to do.So glad to hear that St. Elizabeth is doing such a splendid job.
I’ve worked at one in Akron,Ohio and it’s been a great experience
A wonderful read and a wonderful initiative. Wally Inglis, be proud and be blessed!