"In 1945, a young lawyer from the region set up an association to take charge of children who had lost their parents in the war. He suggested to the brothers that they welcome a certain number of them in Taizé. A men’s community could not receive children. So Brother Roger asked his sister Genevieve to come back to take care of them and become their mother. On Sundays, the brothers also welcomed German prisoners-of-war interned in a camp nearby Taizé.
Gradually other young men came to join the original group, and on Easter Day 1949, there were seven of them who committed themselves together for their whole life in celibacy and to a life together in great simplicity.
In the silence of a long retreat, during the winter of 1952-53, the founder of the community wrote the Rule of Taizé, expressing for his brothers “the essential that makes the common life possible." And so began the ecumenical religious community we now know as Taize. However, Taize had it's beginnings a few years before when the Nazi regime divided France. At that time, Brother Roger, the founder, had used the property as a way-station for spiriting Jewish men, women and children from the hands of the regime.
The Order of Saint Patrick of Armagh is an ecumenical community where people of all faiths are welcome, just as in Taize, France. The community has as it's one mission to provide for the men and women, who have served in the armed forces of the United States, in their frail senior years with no family or close knit friends to care for them. These are men and women facing loneliness and/or abandonment during their end of life. They have no one to mourn their passing or perpetually remember and hone their service to this nation. A service which meant they were freely, under pain of death, to defend the United States.
Our intended property, known as EMMAUS HOUSE, will provide housing, social and other services for the end of life/hospice-care through collaboration with the Adopt a Vet Program with the Veterans Administration. We are asking that you join in with us b making a donation which will be used to found and support the facility and its services. Here they will also find the family they have been without as well as a home-like lifestyle where their needs are met.
Your generosity will go a long way towards bringing this project--a compassionate, caring nurturing environment-to fruition--for Vets who put their lives on the line willingly and so unconditionally, and who now need assisted living/elder care. Will you help by making a donation today?