"Come and help me build the Monastery of San Damiano, because ladies will dwell here who will glorify our Heavenly Father throughout His Holy Church by their celebrated and holy manner of life."
St.Francis speaking of St. Clare and her Sisters

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Stepping off a curb...

We've been talking with various friends - all of whom can't help but show their surprise that the Chapel is going up so quickly.  Delay after delay, month after month, we waited for it all to begin.  At that point, it seemed like nothing would ever happen.  "But that was yesterday...and yesterday's gone!" :)

And now, only 3 months into construction, we see unbelievable progress.  It's a bit mind boggling.  When we were interviewing construction companies way back when, we had so many questions...all of which seemed to us to be insurmountable.  To our barrage of questions, I remember Fritz from Haydon Building Corp saying: (this is a paraphrase) For us, building is like stepping off the curb. 

Now I think we all agree that stepping off the curb isn't so hard.  This response calmed alot of the pre-construction jitters: It's like stepping off a curb for people who know what they are doing!!!  How comforting.  And we've seen that Fritz was right.  This thing is happening - and it is glorious to witness.

With this said: construction still isn't like stepping off the curb for us!  And things don't always make sense.  The lingo still escapes us at time - and we rely on Joe to translate things to 'nun language'.  So, below, not only are the photos but also his comments.  Hope you enjoy!

From Joe: "You will notice that the Narthex is coming along as well as the two gables that will form the cruciform.  The chapel floor is all excavated right now for the ductwork and the masons are ready to bring up the east gable over the Adoration Chapel.  Monday, the septic tank and leaching fields start going in!"


  1. It is great to see this new House of the Lord emerging within the desert.

    with prayers for the monastery also

  2. Thank you for posting these videos - they are inspiring and bring me such joy! God is so good. Nothing is better than to bring Him glory! I can hardly wait to bring my watter bottle to this wonderful desert retreat!

  3. I have been following your Journey since you flew from Mother Angelica's nest, you Sister's are all an Inspiration...
    God's Peace

  4. I can hardly wait for it finish. I love you sister we needed this in the desert of Arizona God Bless!!