The Vision of Meristem Chapel
Rob, Ruth and Rachael Des Cotes have been wise and faithful friends of A Rocha Canada. Ruth is one of the longest serving staff as Children’s Environmental Educator. Rob served as a mentor and spiritual director to the burgeoning staff team in BC for many years. Rob and Ruth’s roles grew to include worship leaders and hosts at Brooksdale’s guest house where they lived, and where Ruth continues to live. Rachael, beloved daughter of Rob and Ruth, was a volunteer, staff and promoter of all things A Rocha.
When Rob passed away in 2016 he left a legacy of spiritual wisdom and joy rooted in Christ. In his last weeks, he communicated a desire for a chapel to be built at the A Rocha Centre to cultivate prayer and solitude. When asked what this chapel should be called, he responded without hesitation, “Meristem.” Prayer, he went on to explain, is the meristem for the transformational experience of God’s love in our lives.
Rachael brought a sense of fun and love into this life. She came alongside young and old with care and a humor-filled zest for life. Before Rachael passed on February 9, 2019, she requested that donations be made to A Rocha in her memory and in honour of her dad who she missed so much, and with whom she is now present.
With your participation, A Rocha will fulfill Rob’s vision for a prayer chapel — a space in which an outward life working to show God’s love for all creation is rooted in an inner life connected to God in prayer.