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Farewell to 1521 Center Street

Emmaus House 1521 Prayer of Farewell

Emmaus House 1521 Prayer of Farewell

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Emmaus House 1521 Center Street Leave Taking

A Message from Fr. Dan Krettek

Dear Friends and Fellow Disciples on the Way to Emmaus:

Monday, February 15 is the closing date for the sale of the Emmaus House at 1521 Center Street. This grand old Victorian house, built in 1885, has been home to the Emmaus Community and Ministry since we moved here from the original house at 1437 Woodland Ave. in October 1987.


As we approach the end of this 'second leg' of our Journey to Emmaus, and look forward to our new home at 3315 70th Street in Urbandale, we would like to take a look back, and within, at what has taken place on the way in our Center Street home. And just as those two first disciples on the way recounted and made known to others their experience, we invite you to share how you have recognized and experienced the Resurrected Jesus at the Center Street Emmaus House these past 33 years. 

We have broken the Bread of the Scriptures and Eucharist many times over the years at the celebration of Mass in the Chapel at 1521 Center Street. We have also broken open the stories of our livres in individual spiritual direction sessions, and in group programs, presentations, and prayer experiences of many kinds. In the 'comments' section below, please share any such experience you have had at the Big Blue House at the corner of 16th & Center Streets, as your way of giving praise and thanks for what you have received on the way.

The the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Lk 24:35)


Prayer of Farewell - February 14th

Because of the restrictions imposed by the Pandemic, our final farewell to the House will be carried out by Board members, on behalf of all, in a prayer of farewell at the House on February 14th (at a time yet to be determined). We hope to livestream and record the farewell as a way for others to participate. As details are finalized, we will provide updates on this webpage, as well as through our e-newsletter and Facebook page (@theemmaushouse). Please stay tuned for further updates.

We would also like to ask your help in putting together a 'gallery' of pictures of people, groups, and activities at the House, and any pictures of the House itself. If you have any such pictures, please pick several of your favorites and email them to Fr. Dan at Thank you for any assistance you can offer with this project.

A Request for Your Assistance - 'Gallery' Project

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