A dedication and celebration of St. Kate’s Table, the large meeting room on the lower level of the Estrem building was held Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018. The refurbished room is named in honor of Martin Luther’s wife, Katharina von Bora (1499 – 1552).
More than forty people in attendance were surprised by the appearance of Dr. Martin Luther (played by Rev. Kenneth Lentz) who spoke about his “Dear Kate,” describing her as his true love and the morning star of Wittenberg. Luther also said that his shocking marriage would “please his father, rile the Pope, cause the angels to laugh, and the devils to weep.”
Kate, a former Cistercian nun, left her order and married Luther when she was 26 and Luther was 42. She gave birth to six children, ran the household in a former monastery, rented rooms to as many as 30 students, organized the family finances, and was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.
St. Kate’s Table at Spirit in the Desert will also serve many hospitality functions for retreat meetings, dining, and informal gatherings. It has been brightened with new lighting and decorated with furnishings that remind us of Kate and Martin’s German environment.
In addition to being entertained by Pastor Lentz, the group at the dedication enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and German beer prepared and served by Paul and Donna Campbell, Patrick Burns and Richard Andersen.