Photos: Cathy Schwab, Mike Wacker
Sixteen members of the Servant Branch have moved into an old convent on the West Side of St. Paul. The convent is divided into apartments which have become the new home for several college students, a family of three and another branch member. The convent is located in the same neighborhood where the branch has an outreach and close to the homes of several more branch members.
Most of these brothers and sisters attend different colleges in the Twin Cities area, and have a pattern of life designed to support the life of a college student. The two singles' households–one of men and one of women–come together for a weekly formation meeting along with some others.
Pat Murphy, who led the negotiations for the space, says, "All the folks living there are 'trying out' the space to see if it works well for our life in the People of Praise. Depending on how the Lord leads us we might have more 'senior' folks and families live there in the upcoming years."