If we are to serve, if we are to care, if we are to minister, we have to get right inside. And so let us pray: Spirit, touch me. Touch me with your grace. Touch me with your wisdom. Touch me with your love so that I can help somebody, so that I can serve somebody, so that I can bless somebody. Be the bridge over troubled waters so that I can be the balm in Gilead, be the hands of Jesus stretched out to heal. (from Sr. Thea Bowman, on "Healing Ministry" at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Minneapolis, MN, 1989. Listed in Thea Bowman: In My Own Words by Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R., Liguori Press, 2009)

Singing: "Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me."

altar with African Mary

MINKISI (pronounced men-KEY-see) is a ministry that believes that in the Spirit of the Living God, we are all called to be healing instruments of God. Minkisi is a Swahili word for "healing objects". The Minkisi ministry cultivates and attends to the inner spiritual life that is followed through in an individual's relationships, actions, and religion. Group members see themselves as spiritual friends, who develop (or have developed) a daily prayer discipline in their lives that includes quiet prayer. Similar to what is sought in the Prayer Attributed to St. Francis, the group prays, "Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love..." Most Minkisi group members are involved in works of charity and other ministries, and they appreciate the on-going faith development aspect of the small group.

The Minkisi contemplative group is open to adults who are parishioners, neighbors, friends or co-workers. This interracial group meets monthly and invites visitors on usually the first Mondays of the month, 7:15-9:00 p.m., for prayer and reflection sessions in the Parish Discussion Room of the Parish Office. Different from a bible study group and more like a lectio divina group, these individuals use the Bible and meditation as a springboard to learn how God is speaking in their daily lives. African American spirituality is also highlighted in the Minkisi group sessions, as well as in the Sunday morning coffee dialogues and the annual November retreat days.

One of Minkisi's call and response prayers begins:
"Lord, send the gift of your Spirit to fill this place and myself and the world.
Touch me with truth that burns like fire, that moves me like the wind;
and set me free Lord.
Free to try new ways of living;
Free to forgive myself and others..."

Minkisi Ministry at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 2700 S. 19th Street, Arlington, VA 22204. Some of the Members: Cecilia Braveboy [Facilitator, 703-979-5389, JISAAC3@VERIZON.NET]. Rhoena Cooper, Gordon Harpring, Barbara Harris, Ida Hernandez, Celestine Person-Green, Gail Meighan, Tyra Newman, Veronica Ong, Kay Sempel, and Jackie Smith.


  • "2017 Annual Mini-Retreat: "My Soul Does Magnify the Lord & My Spirit Sings of God, My Savior" (cf Luke 1:46, & "Magnificat" hymn by Grayson W Brown). This 20th anniversary retreat day will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church & in the Fr. Ray Hall, 2700 South 19th Street, Arlington, Virginia 22204. The retreat director is Therese Wilson Favors, who is an author and educator. She will break open the Word, while leading us in prayer, reflection and small group sharing

    For the November 11th retreat, please arrive in the church at 9:00 a.m. for the gathering service and the retreat packet. Opening Mass will be at 9:15 a.m. with our celebrant and pastor, Fr. Tim Hickey, C.S.Sp. From 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. the retreat sessions in the Fr. Ray Hall will be led by Therese Wilson Favors. Lunch and religious educational material will be provided. See the flyer for more information. Reserve your seat early. Pre-registration is required on or before November 3, 2017.

  • 2016 Annual Mini-Retreat: "Blessed Are the Merciful, for They Shall Receive Mercy (Matthew 5:7), led by Therese Wilson Favors. See photos, most are courtesy of Phyllis L. Johnson. Highlights from the 2016 mini-retreat were given by some of the participants:

    "This was my first experience of the retreat. At first I thought we should end by the mass celebration. However, it was well thought of having the mass at the beginning. It helps share along the day the scriptures for a better understanding. I liked the atmosphere, which was very friendly. Also, the breaks were at the right length. The speaker, Therese, was amazing with how she breaks down the scriptures to our understanding: even the parts of the Gospel chosen were illuminating. A big thank you to all who put this together."

    "My highlight was the prayer for mercy and to conclude try a little tenderness. It really brought a (conviction) to me with my feelings. I pray that I will go out a changed person trying a little tenderness."

    "Highlights: Mass. Speaker-Therese Wilson Favors + kept my attention and presented me w/a different outlook on the sinner woman and any parable. ENTIRE TALK. Having the tables and joining sisters-in-Christ that I didn't know. The entire set up!!!"

    "Thank you for this spirit-filled day. The theme was in keeping with the times we are in today. Mercy, and a closer walk with Jesus will always overcome obstacles in our lives. The speaker was engaging and help our attention."

    "This retreat was great. Therese was very, very good. I learned some things that I did not know. The Minkisi retreats always give me what I need at the time. It is like God is talking to me through the retreats."

  • In the News: See articles and prayers that include members of the Minkisi ministry.

Our Lady Queen of Peace

2700 South 19th Street
Arlington, Virginia, 22204, USA
703-979-5580 Office
703-979-5590 Fax
Office hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (closed on federal holidays)