1999 Oct 5 – Jacquee Dickey Speaking in DM flyer
Tuesday Oct 5, 1999
Des Moines Friends
4211 Grand Ave
Des Moines IA
Former Des Moines Catholic Worker and past Iowa Peace Network Director Jacqueline Dickey will be in Des Moines Tuesday, Oct 5th at the Des Moines Friends Meeting House at 7:30 p.m. for a poetry reading.
Many of the poems to be read are from her recently published book by Fortkamp Publishing / Rose Hill Books; When the Believer’s Chin Points Toward the Moon,; a collection of moving poems on subjects ranging from spirituality, to love, to active peacemaking. Some of the poems in this collection have appeared in periodicals like Common Sense, The Flying Island, No Exit, and via pacis.
“This poetry startles and invigorates. It is like a rush of cold baptismal water; we were not ready for it, we come alive through it. I am so grateful to Jacquee for storing and pouring the water. Our skulls and tongues are parched — we are condemned to a wilderness. Then our eyes light on ‘The Night Moses…’ ‘Body as Firmament…’ ‘Faith comes…’ the wonderful ‘Angeli Tui…’ and more and more!”
Fr Daniel Berrigan SJ, review of When the Believer’s Chin Points Toward the Moon
All are welcome to attend. A free will offering will be ask to help cover expenses and a stipend for Jacqueline. This event is sponsored by the Des Moines Catholic Worker community.
For more information contact:
Fr. Frank Cordaro at the Des Moines Catholic Worker, ph. (515) 243-0765
*Jacquee will also be reading her poetry after the Oct 8th Friday Night Mass at 7:30 p.m. at the Dingman Catholic Worker House at 1310-7th St. All are welcome!*
Dear Catholic Worker friends and supporters;
You are invited to attend and help promote the return of Jacquee Dickey to Des Moines, one of the original members of the D.M.C.W. community. I’m sure many of you will remember her.
Jacquee introduced me to Joe DaVia, my fellow D.M.C.W. co-founder. Within a year of our August of 1976 opening she joined our community where she continued to serve for seven years with us in Des Moines.
During that time she served as the director of the Iowa Peace Network. While in Des Moines her presence and vibrant spirit was felt by many in the peace and justice community. She took a leading role in advocating for the equality and dignity of women, especially in the Catholic Church.
She was the first women I ever knew, who truly had “the call” and “the gifts” to be a great priest and pastor. And sadly, she (like so many others I’ve come to know) was the first women I ever knew who felt the full measure of the ‘Official’ Church’s rejection of her call.
Jacquee never let the Institutional Church’s limitations prevent her from following her call to ministry. Through the years, she’s been a minister to many people, usually in interpersonal ways, from one person to the next.
If you’ve keep up with Jacquee, you’d also know that she’s no stranger to suffering and hard times. Despite them and because of them she is one of the most spiritual and prayerful people I know. I’m lucky to be named among her friends. We’re fortunate she’ll be visiting us soon.
Jacquee will also be reading some of her poems after the Oct 8th Friday Night (7:30 p.m) Mass at the Dingman Catholic Worker House. All are welcome.
Please post the enclosed flyer about Jacquee’s Oct 5th visit.
Biography for Jacqueline Dickey
1313 Cedar, South Bend IN 46617
A former Des Moines Catholic Worker and former Director of the Iowa Peace Network, Jacqueline Dickey holds an M.A. from Drake University and an M. Div. from Notre Dame. She resides in South Bend, IN. where she lives contemplatively, writing, and growing borage, beans and corn in her back yard. She is active in the literary arts, peace, and neighborhood communities. She has been part of the Catholic Worker movement for more than 20 years. Ms. Dickey is also a cancer survivor.
When the Believer’s Chin Points Toward the Moon, is former Iowan Dickey’s first collection of poetry newly released from Rose Hill Books in Des Moines. The Flying Island class this political activist and cancer survivor “an observant friend who has the touch of healing in her words”. Poet Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J. author of And Risen Bread, Selected Poems 1957-1997 writes “This poetry startles and invigorates. It is like a rush of cold baptismal water. We were not ready for it, we come alive through it.”
She was co-author of the 1999 edition of At Home With the Word and has written for Arts Indiana, and the South Bend Tribune among other publications. She was the featured poet for National Poetry Month at the South Bend Regional Museum of Art and was a recent guest on WDTR-FM’s “Vision of Words Poetry Program” in Detroit.