The Living Water Community (LWC) celebrated the 30th anniversary of its centre for youth, Marian House, with Holy Mass on January 31. Archbishop Jason Gordon was the main celebrant with Fr Christopher Lumsden the co-celebrant. Also present were LWC co-foundress Rhonda Maingot and other community members, Marian House staff and support team, former participants in the Marian House programme and other well-wishers.
Archbishop Gordon, Maingot and Fr Lumsden all shared their memories of Christmas morning 1987 when the ministry, now known as Marian House, opened its doors to several young men whose lives were in crisis; with a simple breakfast of hops and ham and hot ‘cocoa tea’ made by Maingot.
Archbishop Gordon, who was also part of the first team of persons in the early days of Marian House, noted that it was the boys themselves who helped to create the space where they would live, be educated and cared for.