The Emmaus worship community is an independent home-based ministry in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, within La Sainte Eglise Catholique Charismatique du Canada. We believe in the catholic faith and the continuous outpouring of the Holy Spirit. While distinct injurisdiction and ritual, we perceive ourselves a pro-uniate Rite in harmony with the Church of Rome.
Apart from the worship community, The Order of Saint Patrickof Armagh is a Catholic community of men and women responding to the call ofJesus Christ to serve others in the religious life. Empowered by the Holy Spirit our goal is to offer a lifelong opportunity to worship, education and service to others. We are committed to providing unconditional care for the Christ in all who seek refuge with us.
Ours is not a preaching ministry. Our work is to provide care and comfort to those who are entrusted to us. We are developing an assisted living facility specifically for veterans, both men and women, of our armed forces. We will also offer housing to homeless veterans. Our mission is to afford veterans of the United States Armed Forces entrusted to our care the dignity they have earned, and deserve, as a result of their service to this nation.
We will also participate in the Veteran’s Administration’s ‘Adopt a Vet’ program to provide housing to homeless veterans. The latest data shows New Mexico to have a population of nearly 200,000 veterans. It also, sadly, has a population of nearly 950 homeless veterans. Nearly every week of the year the NationalCemetery in Santa Fe inters a significant number of unclaimed bodies which go unclaimed by family, friend, or extended family.
We feel it a travesty that those who were willing to give their all, to step into harm’s way for our benefit should pass from this life alone, with no one who cares, no one to remember.
Emmaus House is a property we are purchasing which can easily be remodeled for our religious community and from where our program to provide end of life care for veterans will take place. We have three friars in residence, and we already have one client awaiting lodging, a 90 year-old man with dementia. The building will need to undergo a bit of remodeling in order to make it ready for providing care to our veteran residents. This can be accomplished easily enough. The property is now under a sale contract and we will need to close by September 1st of this year.
Both the assisted living services and housing under the ‘Adopt a Vet’ program are provided at no cost to the individual veteran. Our desire is that Emmaus House to be not ‘ours’ but ‘their’ home.