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In ancient Samaritan villages, the water well was an important gathering place. It was a place where women encountered one another to draw water and share their lives.
Meet “the Wellies,” the women connecting the dots to make The Well a reality.
“I wanted the image of The Well to be one of welcome and to showcase the natural beauty of the sunrise.” – Christine Hilbert, artist
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In Samaritan villages, the well was an important gathering place. Often centrally located, the water well provided basic sustenance for life. It was a place where women encountered one another to draw water and share their lives. The well was also where the Samaritan woman first encountered Jesus and was spiritually healed. She then went and shared the Good News with those she encountered.
It is in this spirit that The Well was born.
The Well launched on July 16, 2016, when 350 women gathered together in Downtown Des Moines to spend quality time with each other, to grow in our understanding as women of the Church, and were treated to great food, music, and conversation. It was an experience of faith, friendship, and sharing the joys (and challenges!) of everyday life.
But the vision for The Well is more than just this one-day event. To capitalize on the momentum and energy from the summer gathering, seasonal events such as Advent at The Well and Lent at The Well will be offered, providing more opportunities for growing in our faith and enjoying fellowship with one another.
Just as the Samaritan woman encountered Jesus at the well, we pray The Well opens doors to a deeper and sustained encounter with Jesus for the women who attend.
The Well provides women an opportunity to experience a culture of encounter, one that fosters spiritual friendships and builds up the local Christian community.
The Well encourages holy leisure, rest and celebrating femininity and beauty – all in a festive environment.
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Our May reflection is courtesy Bonnie Shaw. Sitting on the cork floor of the parish hall during EDGE youth group one Wednesday in March, Scott Froyen’s words during his saint presentation captured my attention. He was speaking of St. Katherine Drexel, a wealthy American heiress who dedicated herself to work among American Indians and African Read more about Uncovering a Legacy[…]
Lent is over but the podcast continues! New episodes of The Water Jar will be added once a month, and you’ll continue hearing from familiar voices such as Lisa Schmidt, Katie Patrizio, and Rachel Brown. We’ll also introduce new voices from other women involved with The Well who are ready and willing to share how Jesus Read more about Podcast 7: Creativity with guest Christine Hilbert[…]
Our April reflection is courtesy Sharon Witty. As I read the entries written for this blog site by YOUNG women, I am impressed by their spiritual knowledge. And I think, Who do I think I am? I’m not on any level with these women. Why did I sign up to write for this blog? And Read more about Inferior? Nah![…]
Mothers of Mary is a new ministry for mothers of children with special needs. The group meets once a month for support, education, guidance, and fellowship. Mothers of Mary welcomes all mothers of children with special needs regardless of age, diagnosis, or disability. This Catholic, Christian ministry provides moms with an opportunity to socialize with others on this Read more about Mothers of Mary: A new group for mothers of children with special needs[…]
Katie Patrizio joins Lisa once again. Topics addressed in this episode: How to keep the prayer habits developed this Lent into the Easter season and beyond. Spiritual direction — what is it and do we need it? Strategies for navigating through times of spiritual desolation. Listen Tune in to The Water Jar by clicking the play arrow Read more about Podcast 6: Keeping Our Prayer Habits Beyond Lent with guest Katie Patrizio[…]
Our Holy Week reflection is courtesy Mary Conway. “Crucify him! Crucify him!” I hate these words. Every year as we stand and read the account of Christ’s Passion on Palm Sunday I choke on these words. I grow weary of repeating them. Just once I want to break free from the script and defend him Read more about A Fiat at the Foot of the Cross[…]
We know there are some college basketball fans amongst us. We also know some of you don’t know or care a lick about college basketball. But don’t let the latter stop you from joining “The Wellies” group in the ESPN Tournament Challenge. We invite you to join our online community and have a little fun Read more about Come join “The Wellies” NCAA Tournament Challenge[…]
Our special guest on Podcast 5 is Rachel Brown. Rachel and Lisa discuss how cultivating consistent prayer habits through the 1% Challenge™ can grow a garden of virtues and lead to true happiness. Listen Tune in to The Water Jar by clicking the play arrow below. You can also subscribe to our iTunes channel and listen via Read more about Podcast 5: Habits and Happiness with guest Rachel Brown[…]
Our special guest on Podcast 4 is Kara Storey. In his book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah, he states that silence is the chief means that enables a spirit of prayer. “Developing a taste for prayer,” he confides, “is probably the first and foremost battle of our age.” In this digital age, if our interior Read more about Podcast 4: On Cultivating Silence with guest Kara Storey[…]
Author’s Bio: Brooke Miller loves words. Right now, she is pondering this quote, “The fatherly and holy conversation between God and man … The child is invited to it; the mystic finds full outlet in it” (Pope Paul VI). She enjoys Saturday morning workouts with her husband Dane, playing football with her young boys, and Read more about Embracing Martyrdom[…]