Faith-Based Celebration in Pasadena

Thirty-seven years ago, three religious organizations in Pasadena, Texas, sought to make a difference through community service. Members of B'nai B'rith, Knights of Columbus, and the First Presbyterian Church started with a joint dinner. Over the years, the unusual union of members of three faiths - Jewish, Protestant and Catholic - resulted in the formation of the Pasadena Interfaith Housing Foundation, Inc. and the Manor House Foundation, Inc.

On February 24, 2003 the 37th Annual Brotherhood Celebration of the first dinner was held at the Pasadena Interfaith Manor I and II housing complex. The 175-unit HUD Section 202/8 nonprofit housing community developed by the faith-based coalition attracted more than 200 people. Pasadena Mayor John Manlove presented a "Brotherhood Proclamation" to the board members of the two foundations and James Pesl, the newly named administrator of the complex.

Pasadena Interfaith Manor residents provided entertainment at the event, along with the Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir. Special thanks were also given to the Pasadena Interfaith Manor Tenant Council and the East Harris County Senior Activity Center for their work on the Brotherhood Celebration.

Content Archived: July 22, 2011