"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, July 29, 2010

Good Shepherds...

Custom Good Shepherd floor tile for the public side of the Chapel

 "I am the good shepherd.  A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep."

Above you will see a medieval representation of the good shepherd.  This custom made tile, designed by Michael Coster, shows Christ the Good Shepherd standing fearlessly before the ravening wolves.  The Sacred Heart crowns the tile.  I love this image.  It will find its home on the public side of the chapel - to encourage those who visit to entrust themselves to the Good Shepherd - and to experience his strong protection.  Other custom tiles highlight different events that draw the mind to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.  More tile photos to come!

Whenever I think of the Good Shepherd, I give thanks for the priesthood.  How often have we experienced the shepherding of Our Lord through the guidance and care of a priest.  We are blessed this week to have 2 wonderful priests and 1 amazing brother visiting with us.  Each shine forth so uniquely different aspects of the Good Shepherd.  Long time friend Fr. Jim Parker, from the Diocese of Rockford, is visiting!  Br. Francis, CFR, is visiting as well.  He brought his long-time spiritual father, Fr. John Newman from Bradford, England.  It is wonderful to get to know Fr. Newman!  And see the Good Shepherd continue to care for his sheep through these 3 wonderful men of God...

Joe, Br. Francis, Fatima, Steve, Sr. Marie St. Paul, Fr. Newman in newly painted cloistered Adoration Chapel
Joe and Fr. Newman checking out the view from the reredos. Where they are standing is the exact place where the Tabor and Monstrance will be enshrined.  The reredos will be assembled by the carver, Alexander, in September.  For those who have donated for the reredos, the book containing  your names and prayer intentions will be placed at the feet of Jesus
The primer paint has been applied to the main portion of the Chapel

Sr. Marie Andre with prayer warrior, Fr. Jim Parker!

Sr. Marie St. Paul and Joe!  What a great photo...

Da Dome!!!!  Also see the parking spots in the background.  YAY

Loving all those angles!
Cloistered Adoration Chapel - the altar will be placed where the workman is standing.

view into the cloistered Adoration chapel.  The windows there will eventually be the nine choirs of angels.  3 of which are being sent to production.  Pics to follow soon.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Stained Glass Window Update!

When Bovard Studios sent the email with these photos, I wish you could have heard the Sisters' reactions.  We are SO PLEASED with this window.  Our Lady looks so beautiful and life like.  It's the face of Our Mother...how could we not rejoice!!  This round rose window will be seen as you enter the Chapel - holding pride of place which is fitting since Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of Phoenix (and the Queen of our hearts).  Her consoling words wrap the window: AM I NOT HERE WHO AM YOUR MOTHER?  Bovard is now painting and leading this window!  Thank you Al and Donna Gillis, whose generosity brought this window into reality!

Below we see one of the Bovard employees hard at work cementing the St. Clare window.  Our thanks go out to the Kline Family for donating for this awesome window of our foundress! 
 Don't forget there are several giving opportunities for other windows!  We are heading out to the site to see the progress on Thursday - so I promise another update soon!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

July Progress

10 weeks and counting until the construction on the Chapel is completed.  Then there will be some finishing up on the interior appointments - but the main construction will be done.  WOW.  Below is a video of the July progress thus far.

Also, below are some of the latest and greatest photos.  Most of them are included in the video, but if you want a closer look or a longer look, I wanted to include them as well.

Here's Joe's update from yesterday:
The roof tile is nearly complete with just the loggia and pumphouse to finish.  The exterior stone and precast is complete with the exception of the column wraps and narthex entry.  The exterior trim is being painted at this time and the stucco will be cured enough for paint in about a week.  Sidewalks, curbs, stairs, ramps and paving are complete.  Time to start fine grading the site and clean up.  The water tank will be leak tested and disinfected this week so that the fire pump can go online and bring water to the Chapel.  APS should be installing the meters and bringing us power this week.  The Chapel interior is progressing as follows.  The chapel precast columns are underway and should be complete within the next week.  The high dome molding is in place and they will begin the low radius molding tomorrow.  Window trim in the chapel is complete with the adoration chapel windows finishing up this week as well.  Stucco crews are finishing the interior of the dome and adoration chapel today.  Scaffolding in these areas will start coming down soon.  Tile flooring is installed throughout the Priest’s vestry area, hallway, restrooms and parlor.  They will be moving through the loggia and sacristies this week.  The Vestries, restrooms, confessionals and parlor are all painted as well as the loggia and sacristies.  Light fixtures are being installed in all painted areas at this time.  The beam wraps and sprinkler work in the chapel are complete.  The entire chapel ceiling will be painted later this week.  Chapel walls are to be painted next week.