...the dream ...Isaiah 56: 7 "These I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer...for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples."
Qu'Appelle House of Prayer (QHP) is nestled in the verdant southside hills above Echo Lake in the Qu'Appelle Valley near Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan. In this valley, that names itself with the question, "Who calls?," the house of prayer responds, providing a sacred and beautiful space for contemplative community and prayer within silence, solitude and hospitality.
"Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)
All are welcome at the house of prayer, for an afternoon, a day, several days or weeks.
Those who come to the house of prayer often come simply for rest, and are invited to be part of its way of life, blending both solitude and communal time. Solitude is experienced and expressed through silence, a respect for personal privacy, the closeness to and engagement with nature, as well as time alone.
Community is experienced through common prayer (Eucharist and silent sitting) and the evening conversational meal. Personal conversation and spiritual direction are available.
SABBATICAL TIME FOR 2015 - 2016
Following more than 20 years (September 3, 1995 - 2015) of Qu'Appelle House of Prayer is taking some sabbatical time. This spaciousness is for both the place itself and for the persons here. It will be time for some catch-up work that needs doing, and most of all, a time of renewal and rest for the place and the four of us who live here. This graced opportunity gives us occasion also to prayerfully and reflectively look ahead to the future of the house of prayer in order to better discern the direction to which we are being called to for the coming 3 - 5 years, and beyond.
This sabbatical time will extend from mid-September until the end of April, 2016. The rhythm will consist of extended periods of time when the house will be closed to resident guests, and shorter times when the house is open to guests. Eucharist will continue to be celebrated regularly, the usual notices being sent out for these times. All are welcome.
Although subject to some change as time goes along, the following rhythm is now being planned:
We ask for your prayer for us during these months, gratefully knowing that you and so many others are so very much an integral part of the life and ministry of the house of prayer.
A ministry of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, OMI Lacombe Canada, QHP was begun in 1995 by Holy Names Sister Margaret Dick and Oblate Glenn Zimmer who continue as co-directors. From 2002 to early 2011, they were joined by Emily and John Cherneski, and together formed the core community of prayer and hospitality within a spirit of silence, solitude and service. The spirit of Qu'Appelle House of Prayer continues to be supported and nourished by the generosity of volunteers offering, for periods of time, their energies, expertise and spirit.
Nestled in the beauty of a southern Saskatchewan river valley, the QHP is a 10-acre property consisting of a former family home, a chapel, a large trailer home, a residence for volunteers and guests and four solitary dwellings built in 1996 among the coulee trees.
The secluded area is tucked into the north-facing hills of the beautiful Qu'Appelle Valley. There are numerous walking and hiking trails, abundant wildlife, a labyrinth, a Marian shrine and a winding hillside way to the Cross. A large and bountiful vegetable garden provides fresh produce for the community and its guests.
The main house contains the chapel, sitting areas, library, small kitchen and three private guest rooms. The intimate, simple and inspiring chapel was constructed in 1998 with its floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views of the valley and lake below. The trailer home contains the main kitchen and dining room, with two additional rooms and an office. Two of the four solitary cabins are available to guests.
Music: Echoes of Light from Melanie Monsour's Echoes of Light CD; www.melaniemonsour.com
Music: The Conversation from Melanie Monsour's Echoes of Light CD; www.melaniemonsour.com
Music: Dance Across the Sky & The Heart Resonates from Melanie Monsour's Echoes of Light CD; www.melaniemonsour.com
Music: Hope Rises from Melanie Monsour's Echoes of Light CD; www.melaniemonsour.com
If you wish to spend some time at the Qu'Appelle House of Prayer, please contact us in advance at:
Qu'Appelle House of Prayer
P.O. Box 1978
Fort Qu'Appelle SK S0G 1S0
Phone: (306) 332-6765
Fax: (306) 332-5648