"Young Religious ought to enter blogs and correct the opinions of the youth, showing them the true Jesus" - Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar for Rome

Friday, January 29, 2010

More Progress

I wonder sometimes if we'll ever get used to the idea that this chapel is really being built...right before our very eyes.  Each time we go out to the land to see the progress, I am still surprised to see the lofty structure rising out of the barren desert.  It shocks the system!  This is really happening...and it is marvelous to see.  I hope you enjoy the photos below.  Also be sure to check out the dreams to reality link for an updated video. 

Captions for the photos as follows:
#1 Meet Joe our Project Manager from Haydon.  We really are blessed to have Joe on board.  He is a great listener, eager to help, answers our myriad of questions, and supports us along the construction journey.  Thanks, Joe.

#2  Wait a minute!  Is there an unfamiliar face in this photo?  You bet!  Kneeling down on the left you will see Sr. Marie St. John from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in AL.  She is out visiting for the week.  It just so happens that she is Sr. Esther Marie's blood sister (she is about 11 months older than Sr. Esther).  So this photo contains 2 sets of blood sisters: the Campbell nuns and the Gilbert nuns!  Now that's pretty neat!

#3  Meet Steve.  He is our site superintendent.  Each time we see Steve we are struck by the fact that he has everything under control.  He's very much on top of the job.  It's so wonderful to have such capable men on the job.  The fact that he is so nice, friendly, and trustworthy doesn't hurt either!

#4  Does the structure seem a bit higher to you from the last photos?  If you answered YES, then you are absolutely RIGHT.  The masonry wall is rising, rising, rising - now at approx. 28 ft.  WOW.

#5.  Take a good look at the inside of the dome - because you'll never see it again...at least like this.  Last time we were out we got a photo of the cross that sits atop the dome.  It was VERY tall, nearly as tall as I am.  Now that it sits atop it's pedestal on the dome itself, it looks so small.  Gives you a good idea of how tall that dome is.  We need your prayers - because they need to hoist that dome on top of the chapel.  That will be accomplished in early/mid February.  But it is never too soon to ask for prayers.  How exciting!  We hope to be present as it is lifted and promise to get video so we can share it with you...almost as good as being there yourself :)

More photos soon.  Till then...stay close to Jesus!

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Nun Run in full swing

OK everyone - March 20, 2010 - the day of the Nun Run is quickly approaching. Things are really coming together. Don't know if you've been keeping up with Sr. Augustine's blog on the Nun Run Blog, but it is VERY exciting to see how everything is falling in to place. People are beginning to register, sponsors are beginning to come forward, and donations are beginning to come in. We've set some lofty goals - but knowing the great exciting that has been circulating, we really believe the impossible is possible!

Click here to donate or register for the run

Please pray for the success of the run and for the success of this fundraising endeavor.  And SIGN UP - even if you aren't a runner or walker - then consider volunteering. Get involved!!!!  And you won't regret it...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Slideshow of Construction Progress

Hope you enjoy this photo slideshow. I hope to have the photos on our main page with a more explanation soon. But I want to get something online ASAP so you can share our JOY!!! It's absolutely phenomenal. I cannot tell you how overjoyed we all are to see the progress...OK more soon...here's the photos:

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Be sure to check out the video version of this day on the Dreams to Reality link

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Another Blog????

Hello to all!  I don't know if you've had a chance to look at our website, but you might notice yet another blog.  Wondering why 2 blogs?  Wondering where to look for updates?  No worries...allow me to explain "the method behind the madness"!

This blog will still be used for short building updates, monastery news, reflections and so on.  The newest blog will be used for more intensive building updates, links, wish lists, fund raising progress, and so forth.  In this way we can utilize the Dreams to Reality link and build upon it to keep regular updates and information coming your way!!!  All major changes to the Dreams to Reality blog will be noted here so that you can keep up.  You'll also notice a link to both the Nun Run blog and the Dreams to Reality blog now included in the side bar, in additon to an easy link back to our website!

So a quick update: the dome arrived on site today...in pieces, but the steel is there.  Hooray!    You'll notice the large cross sitting atop the dome's compression ring.  The curved steel framing is behind it on the ground.