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Founded in the memory of the Rev. Katrina Martha Van Alstyne Welles Swanson, who was one of the Philadelphia Eleven. The Philadelphia Eleven were the first group of women to be "irregularly" ordained Episcopal Priest on July 29, 1974.

Katrina died peacefully while a hurricane bearing her name was showing Americans how much liberty and justice poor folk had in New Orleans and in America. She had learned this years before.

When the Equal Rights Amendment failed to pass, Katrina realized that she was a second class citizen like every other woman in America.

Her 17 years as an inner city Episcopal priest taught her that poverty limited how much liberty and justice one could get. In the Pledge of Allegiance Katrina always said, “With Liberty and Justice for Some.”

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22nd of November, 2014

Dearest Family and Friends,

This Thanksgiving so many are without.  We Swanson want to take the time to thank you for being a part of our lives.  I am thankful for having had the time I had with my late husband who opened my eyes to God's Love for us all.  I am thankful for Katrina and George Swanson who so warmly embraced me.  I am thankful for all those I have meet on this pilgrimage.  While I am not sure where I will be this Thanksgiving whether I will be on the side of the road walking, sitting before a fireplace or attending Church, what I do know is that I am thankful for all that I have received through the Grace of God.  

This Eggplant Recipe in Katrina's own hand we Swanson's share with you. It takes back to the earliest Thanksgiving, Enjoy!

I hope that you will look to your right, look to your left, find someone, anyone, family, neighbor or stranger and show them love,  God's Love.  I also pray that we all work ardently in the months and years to come to realize the Kingdom of God.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love and Light in Christ,

Helene Swanson, Co-Founder

P.S.  Thought I also share my oldest boy's Facebook post which has carried me through these last few days.  I am truly blessed!


Taking a moment of silence to feel the gratitude and love I have for my late stepfather, William Swanson and his mother Katrina Swanson in whose memory Katrina's Dream was founded.

Appreciating my mother Helene de Boissiere-Swanson and the efforts she is making to bring awareness, love, and healing to others through the katrina's dream message, "God is beyond gender" and loves everyone equally.

My heart is filled with love and joy when I think of my little brother Harry deBoissiere-Rudl who each saturday holds a free meal and service in the park for the homeless to remind them of the one love between us all.

This song reminds me of the cathedral music I would hear in church early mornings. It reminds me of the music George Swanson and Katrina would play each morning when I would stay with them during the holidays.

William, George, and Katrina opened my eyes and heart to the love of god in a way I cannot describe. They took myself and my younger brother truly loved and treated us like the family we are. They showed me the power of unconditional love. May we all be open to receive love.

May all know deep peace.




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