If we are to serve, if we are to care, if we are to minister, we have to get right inside. And so let us pray: Spirit, touch me. Touch me with your grace. Touch me with your wisdom. Touch me with your love so that I can help somebody, so that I can serve somebody, so that I can bless somebody. Be the bridge over troubled waters so that I can be the balm in Gilead, be the hands of Jesus stretched out to heal. (from Sr. Thea Bowman, on "Healing Ministry" at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Minneapolis, MN, 1989. Listed in Thea Bowman: In My Own Words by Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R., Liguori Press, 2009)
MINKISI (pronounced men-KEY-see) is a ministry that believes that in the Spirit of the Living God, we are all called to be healing instruments of God. Minkisi is a Swahili word for "healing objects". The Minkisi ministry cultivates and attends to the inner spiritual life that is followed through in an individual's relationships, actions, and religion. Group members see themselves as spiritual friends, who develop (or have developed) a daily prayer discipline in their lives that includes quiet prayer. Similar to what is sought in the Prayer Attributed to St. Francis, the group prays, "Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love..." Most Minkisi group members are involved in works of charity and other ministries, and they appreciate the on-going faith development aspect of the small group.
The Minkisi contemplative group is open to adults who are parishioners, neighbors, friends or co-workers. This interracial group meets monthly and invites visitors on usually the first Mondays of the month, 7:15-9:00 p.m., for prayer and reflection sessions in the Parish Discussion Room of the Parish Office. Different from a bible study group and more like a lectio divina group, these individuals use the Bible and meditation as a springboard to learn how God is speaking in their daily lives. African American spirituality is also highlighted in the Minkisi group sessions, as well as in the Sunday morning coffee dialogues and the annual November retreat days.
One of Minkisi's call and response prayers begins:
"Lord, send the gift of your Spirit to fill this place and myself and the world.
Touch me with truth that burns like fire, that moves me like the wind;
and set me free Lord.
Free to try new ways of living;
Free to forgive myself and others..."
Minkisi Ministry is at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 2700 South 19th Street, Arlington, VA 22204. The pastor is Fr. Tim Hickey, C.S.Sp. Some of the Minkisi members are: Cecilia Braveboy, Facilitator/ Coordinator, JISAAC3@VERIZON.NET and landline phone 703-979-5389), Barbara Harris, Gail Meighan, Tyra Newman, Veronica Ong, Celestine Person-Green, Julia Rocchi, Bob Rohde, Kay Sempel, and Jackie Smith.
Since 1997, Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA, has been the patron saint-to-be for the Minkisi ministry. With the U.S. bishops proclamation in November 2018, Servant of God Sr. Thea Bowman is on the first rung of the canonization process. You can find her words of wisdom in several books. One book is A Retreat with Thea Bowman and Bede Abram: Leaning on the Lord by Joseph A. Brown, S.J. The Minkisi group reflects on that book as a foundational faith piece of African American spirituality. A 2019 publication is Fr. Maurice Nutt’s book, Thea Bowman: Faithful and Free, Liturgical Press. For more information and to learn how you can support the canonization cause of Sr. Thea, go to www.sistertheabowman.com.
Lovely Spirit-filled retreat & Mass. As usual: I’ve been rekindled.
It is my first time and I have been truly Blessed throughout the celebration of the Eucharist and continued to be blessed through the physical food and the spiritual food (the retreat the scripture readings, the sharing).
As always, the Minkisi retreat brings me to a sense of calmness and serenity when I need it. The theme is right on time and I love what Therese said, “What Good is strength if you don’t use its power!” Thank you for a spiritual renewal day. Love Fr. Boxie’s message about healing and my sister Therese’s reflections stirred my soul.
It is Good! I look forward to Minkisi Retreat to prepare me for Advent, and the rest of my year presently and into the next. Thank you. I always end with something to use in Faith Formation… My mission is to inform my fellow Catholics to understand who and what they are.
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Our Lady Queen of Peace
2700 South 19th Street
Arlington, Virginia, 22204, USA
Office hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (closed on federal holidays)Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil: 5:30pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:15am,
6:00pm (Young Adult Mass)