"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

Monday, November 22, 2010

Some new shots of the chapel and A Pew with a View

Hello to our faithful blog readers!  Yes, there is still lots going on in the dreams to reality department :)  Each morning when I wake up, look out the window and see that beautiful chapel looming majestically in the distance, I am in awe.  "Yes, Lord, You do indeed turn dreams into reality."
I am a witness to it.  Seeing that chapel with my own eyes will help me to remember that He is the Fulfiller of the hearts desires!  Enjoy the photos below, taken by Mark Friskel as he flew over this past Saturday in a helicopter.  Thanks, Mark, for the great shots! 

You can get a sense of the lay of the land from these photos, with the Chapel to the north, the houses to the south, and the parking lot in between.  The larger house is the Angelica Retreat House (which is currently the living quarters for the nuns as we raise funds for the actual monastery which will eventually be built on the north side of the Chapel).

As you can see, we are in desperate need of landscaping!  A few trees, flowers, and bit of ground cover would do wonders for both the aesthetic aspect, as well as for keeping the dust at bay a bit!  We would gratefully accept the donation of desert trees, scrubs, ground cover, flowers, fruit trees, etc.  Gift cards to Moon Valley nursery would be much appreciated!   If you were wondering what a good Christmas gift for the nuns would be, this would fit the bill!

We would also be grateful for advice!  What grows good in the beautiful Arizona desert?  What doesn't need a lot of water?  What are some hearty plants that unskilled gardeners can't destroy?   What is affordable, beautiful, will provide some shade, etc., etc. 

To those who emailed asking for an online PEW WITH A VIEW order form, thanks for your patience.  I will be adding a page soon!  Hopefully within a week that will be available!

Just take another minute to look at the photos above. WOW.  Thanks to each and everyone of you who helped turn this dream into a reality!!