By force of faith, and she had plenty to spare, Ma Siss was the guiding force that helped the Quincy Street Missional Church emerge amid the secular seediness of a former auto chop shop in her Dorchester neighborhood.
Discarded couches took the place of pews as the fledgling congregation grew out of a late-1990s prayer group and Ma Siss’s Place, a nonprofit food bank and thrift shop in Dorchester that became a formal venue for the ceaseless charity she practiced all her life. From such tenuous beginnings Ma Siss, who died Wednesday at 76, nurtured a new house of worship.
“I always believed in the Lord,” she told the Globe in 2007. Faith, for her, was ever present. “I was born with it,” she said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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