"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

Thursday, August 26, 2010

You gotta see it to believe it!

OK - there are somethings that you just gotta see to believe! The Reredos of Our Lady of Solitude Monastery are one of them!  Well, you know what, as wordy as I can be...I will refrain this time...and just let these photos speak for themselves!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

And the progress continues

This is a very important week in the construction progress - as our friend and wood carver, Alexander  began installing the reredos and other chapel appointments.  As you can see in the photos below, everything arrived in tip-top shape - after it's long voyage across the ocean.  Alexander began constructing the reredos today and will finish within a week.  Joe is keeping us updated via photos - so we will be posting often in the next few days so you can share our excitement as well! 
Steve and Sr. Augustine opening the doors that will adorn the top portion of the reredos.  The symbolic Phoenix will be viewed from the cloistered side

The completed (or nearly completed) cloistered Mass choir

The reredos in many pieces...ready to be assembled

The star of david light in the vestibule

The Lamb of God doors will be viewed from the public side of the Chapel

The nearly completed chapel exterior - newly stuccoed portion above the columns looks awesome as does the precast entry way.  WOW.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Stained Glass Installation

Each time we go out to visit the chapel and see the progress, we are amazed at the progress.  But on Saturday, August 7th, as the first 6 stained glass windows were installed in the chapel was something beyond amazing!  Kudos to Bovard Studios for the fine job they did with the windows.  

Sr. Augustine and myself were out there to see St. Francis installed.  His face is spectacular.  Then Sr. Esther Marie and Sr. John-Mark Maria arrived to see St. Clare, St. Anthony, St. Faustina, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the Poor Clare window installed.  It was an overcast day in the desert - yes, every now and again we have an overcast day!  And it was actually cool in to the morning, dipping down to the low 80s.  The Bovard installation crew enjoyed this relief from the heat.  It may get hot in Iowa, but there's no heat the August Arizona sunshine.  The sun made an appearance in the afternoon - long enough to light up all the vivid colors in the windows.  Enjoy the video of the event below.

Fundraising continues on the remainder of the windows.  Please consider donating towards these beautiful representations of our older brothers and sisters in the faith - the SAINTS!  Click here to learn more about the windows!  Our sincere THANKS go out to those who have donated for the windows.  We look forward - with your financial help - to sending a few more windows into production soon!