Ellen is a relatively new Rotarian and an accomplished and well known architect around town. Her invocation was particularly moving especially for so many of us who helped serve meals at Urban Ministries or the Rescue Mission during the Centennial Year. So here it is with the Minute in here own words.
In honor of all of the mothers who have fed us all of our lives and Father Daniel Joseph Berrigan, the Jesuit priest and activist, who passed away a few weeks ago, I will let his words be our invocation.
Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starving man,
and the look on his face when the bread finally arrives.
Hope that you might have baked this bread or bought it
or even kneaded it yourself.
For that look on his face,
for your meeting his eyes across that piece of bread,
you might be willing to lose a lot,
or suffer a bit,
or die a little.
Ellen’s Rotary Minute
Many of you know that I am an architect and have had my office, Ellen Cassilly Architect, at the corner of Foster and Corporation for the last 18 years designing a mix of commercial and residential projects, some in the downtown core including the pavilion in Durham Central Park and Full Steam Brewery.
For my Rotary minute I’d like to tell you about a different but related aspect of my life.
About 10 years ago my husband Frank Konhaus and I started the process of designing and building a new home for ourselves. The project’s working title was Cassilhaus, a contraction of our two last names. The program was a bit unusual and included an apartment to house a visiting artist residency and a gallery space for an exhibition program.