What does "Cenacle" mean?

The Cenacle or "Upper Room" was the place where the Apostles stayed when they were in Jerusalem during Jesus’ lifetime and after His Death and Resurrection. It was the site of the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. The Apostles gathered in the Cenacle to be nourished by prayer and meals as a community and also to retreat from the outside world. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles in the Cenacle and sent them forth from the Cenacle to the ends of the earth to carry out the mission of Jesus.

For these reasons, MCV's sponsoring sisters (The Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity) call their homes Cenacles. Our Volunteers sometimes live with MSBT sisters in their Cenacles. The Cenacle is a place where sisters and volunteers grow spiritually in community and from there are called out to mission service.

For Volunteers the Cenacle may be their home or it may have a broader meaning of finding support in the community around them or within the Church as a whole. Either way, they come to know that like the Apostles, we are sent forth from the Cenacle!

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