2018-08-23 / Neighbors

Supper to benefit new roof at Marie Joseph

A spaghetti supper at St. Joseph Church in Biddeford on Saturday, Aug. 25, will have a dual purpose: raising money for a new roof at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center while honoring a person who helped make it such a special place.

The supper, scheduled for the downstairs hall at the church on 178 Elm St., will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Freewill donations will be accepted at the dinner, and those who cannot attend can make contributions by calling 250-5556.

All proceeds will go toward a new roof at the center, which is owned and operated by the Congregation of the Presentation of Mary. The center, located on Evans Road in Biddeford, offers retreats and a venue for those seeking a sacred space, silence, healing or a deeper relationship with God.

The center is a nonprofit organization and welcomes lay and religious women and men of all faith traditions who value time for reflection in the presence of a praying community. Dedicated as the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in 1978, the building itself dates back to the 1800s when the Ocean View Hotel was established. While no longer a vacation resort, the center continues a tradition of offer- ing hospitality in the context of spiritual nurturance.

The supper on Saturday is dedicated to Bob Huot, who served as a cook at the center for a decade before passing away earlier this year.

“Bob was a seasoned cook, very dedicated to Marie Joseph, and willing to cover shifts when a cook called in sick,” said Sr. Sue Bourret, administrator at the center. “Everyone liked working with Bob. He was well respected and helped create a great spirit in the kitchen with his sense of humor and his ability to tease. Bob was a man of deep faith. As he moved toward his ‘tricky heart surgery,’ he would easily say, ‘If I don’t come out of this surgery, the man upstairs will take care of me.’ Bob’s presence is certainly missed.”

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