• The Paulist Center and Boston College Visit Agape

    A few weeks ago, Agape was blessed to host a great group of teens from the Paulist Center for a retreat, along with some parents. The Paulist Center is a welcoming Catholic community in Boston that works for justice and healing. This was the first time Agape had hosted teens for more than a day. Days […]

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  • Mission Council Meeting Update

    Last Saturday, our Mission Council met at Agape. Involved are wonderful new members: six people in their late twenties including Edgar and Ann of Agape’s sister community, Freedom Farm. One of the topics of discussion was planning for the upcoming St. Francis Day celebration on Saturday, October 1st. Everyone has a role to make sure […]

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  • Agape Workday Revisited

    You may have read our post about the Agape Workday earlier this week, but we just received these wonderful photographs from the day by longtime Agape friend and photographer Skip Schiel. There are even two by one of the workday’s youngest volunteers–Lila. We think these deserve their own post! Enjoy. Lila takes a sip!   […]

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  • A Very Successful Workday 2016!

    Another successful Workday has come and gone! We want to thank everyone who came to Agape to help out the Community; it is greatly appreciated by all who visit!  Thank you to folks from Just Faith with Bill Toller (Holy Cross Parish, Longmeadow, MA); Ali and Omar Mahmoud; St. Joseph’s College students, Campus ministry and […]

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  • Stonehill College Rural Immersion & Memorial Day with Veterans for Peace

    Agape hosted a lively group of Stonehill College students last week; Stonehill College has been coming to Agape for Rural Immersions for five years now and it always proves to be a wonderful and memorable experience! The Stonehill women braved the heat and headed out to the homestead to get some serious gardening done. Caroline, […]

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  • Will Agape Enter the Next Axial Age? by Brayton Shanley

    “Have you ever heard of Wayne Teasdale?” I asked newly arrived Matt Riddle, an intern in his late twenties. I was pointing to a photograph of Wayne and Bede Griffiths, Benedictine monk who went to India as an experiment in Hindu Christian community. In the photo, Bede was celebrating a Hindu Eucharist, a sacrament symbolizing […]

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  • Breathe Deep the Absurdities of the Day – by Brayton Shanley

    Often, when I looked into Dan Berrigan’s deep-souled eyes, I could sense the pain of the world. The phrase that captures this is Paul’s letter to the Corinthians: “When I am weak, I am strong.” In the early 1990’s, Suzanne and I met with a group of peacemakers including Dan, Phil and Liz. A week […]

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  • Now That You Are Gone: Memories of Daniel Berrigan, SJ, by Suzanne Shanley

    Now That You Are Gone: Memories of Daniel Berrigan, SJ by Suzanne Shanley For months we expected word of Daniel Berrigan’s death. Because he was both a mentor and spiritual guide, Dan’s passing was on my mind. Several weeks before he died I sent him a birthday card, a small, seemingly inadequate gesture when viewed […]

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  • Living Community: Call, Covenant and Change by Suzanne Shanley

    In my prayer, I try to imagine Jesus speaking to me as he spoke to Saint Paul, saying “Take Courage.”  (Acts 23:11)  This visualization consoles and challenges simultaneously.  On the one hand, I know that I must live tenaciously and I will have God’s support; on the other, I have a command to risk, to […]

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  • Come See Bears and the Beautiful Agape Garden…

    This morning during daily prayer, Suzanne, Brayton and Dixon were treated to a black bear sighting! The hungry fellow was tempted by a bird feeder filled with sunflower seeds and grabbed it right off its hook! But, as Brayton observed, thought it was too heavy to carry off and soon abandoned it. Suzanne captured some […]

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