Pope Francis Center Ribbon Cutting!

Pope Francis Center Ribbon Cutting!

A few months ago, we made a decision to merge our food pantry with the Assumption food pantry.  Assumption wanted to make their food pantry a more spiritual endeavor, and they wanted Ryan’s help.  So they renovated a building and launched the Pope Francis Center!  Ryan Hehman will be the new director of the center!


Cardinal Wuerl and Fr. Ivaney are cutting the ribbon. Special thanks to Fr. Ivaney for making this happen! For those of you who are worried, Ryan will still be the house director of Simple House DC.

New Missionaries for 2014!

There is an excellent bunch of new missionaries this year.  Three of the new missionaries will be in Kansas City, and two of them will be going to DC.  Here are a few photos from training!  Here is a picture of the new volunteers and a few old ones…


Chesapeake Bay Day

During Training we took a fun day to the Chesapeake Bay! Our crab boat’s engine broke, and we had to row it back to shore.  We only caught one crab, and one of our friends fell off the boat dock.  Luckily, Maryland special agents were having a training session nearby, and she was saved by 10 handsome guys wearing swat gear.


Managing the Mind by Fr. Adam

Book Club Calendar 2.0!

Please feel free to join either of our book clubs.  The Simple House Book Club meets in Washington, DC on the second Monday of the month.  The Simple House Book Club meets in Kansas City, MO on the second Tuesday of the month.  Dinner is always provided, and book club dinner starts at 6:30pm.  Please email asimplehouse@gmail.com or any volunteer to get the address where the next book club is meeting.

Flannery O’Connor Moments

Can we all agree that Flannery O’Connor is the most strange yet real Catholic author?  This video that relates Flannery O’Connor to a real life story.

Undercover Boss

There is an interesting show that has been around for a few years, but it is new to me.  It is called, “Undercover Boss.”  The premise is wonderful.  A CEO does the most menial jobs within his company.  In the process, he is doing an act of solidarity with the lowest level employees, and he experiences the problems they face.  He does all of this in disguise, and he reveals his true identity to the employees at the end of the show.  The reveal is emotional and wonderful.

Jesus is the original undercover boss.

Why is Xmas an Abbreviation for Christmas?

A friend of the ministry recently found the answer to this question in the prison library.  He mailed this to Simple House because he thought we would share his interest

“Because the Greek letter X is the first letter fo the Greek word of Christ, Xristos.  The word Xmas, meaning “Christ’s Mass,” was commonly used in Europe by the sixteenth century.  It was not an attempt to take Christ out of Christmas.”

His source is The Book of Answers by Barbara Berliner.

The Best Bible Translation

This video provides a brief review of the New International Version, New American Bible, Revised Standard Version, New American Standard, Jerusalem Bible, Ronald Knox Translation, Navarre, Grail, King James, and more.
If you are choosing a translation, this could be very helpful. Please checkout the other video on choosing a translation!

Choosing A Bible Translation

This video goes over a few factors you should consider when choosing a translation.  The video goes well beyond the typical literal vs. interpretive distinction.