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Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Dome has been raised!!!!

Today on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the 24,000 lb dome (a little lighter than we were expecting) was raised up high - on the new chapel of Our Lady of Solitude.  The steel beams for the roof were also perfectly placed.  The JOY was tangible!  

A HUGE THANK YOU to the wonderful construction men who made this a flawless lift.  To Joe and Steve from Haydon, to Carlos and Fatima our architects, to Mrs. Vitale whose generosity has made this progress possible, to all of our benefactors, family and friends: THANK YOU.  To quote from the age old classic movie, Lilies of the Field: "We're gonna build us a chapel."  No, Jesus is buildin' us a Chapel.  A new Eucharistic Throne!  THANK YOU JESUS!!!!
To see a video of the event click on the dreams to reality link.  

Here are the captions for the photos: 

#1 (above) Smiling, happy Poor Clares!  Standing beneath the newly placed dome.  You really can't get a good grasp of how high the Chapel is from these photos.  It's awesome! 

#2 At about 10:20 am, the crane began lifting the dome high in the air.  All of us who watched were pretty quiet - such anticipation!  We sang the Salve Regina as it sailed through the air.  After that you would hear little prayers uttered here and there by some, others offered the silent prayer of awe and wonder!
#3 It didn't really seem to take too long from to lift the massive dome.  It landed perfectly on its perch - flawless.  There was much rejoicing by those construction men on the scaffolding, guiding the dome to its perch - high fives all around.  It was the largest lift of this particular company.  WOW.  

#4 At such moments of elation, it's hard to believe that the whole world isn't feeling the effects of our joy!  This theory became more believable when several fighter jets (we think they were F-15s) flew right over our chapel.  We were posing for a photo with our dear friends when they flew over and the bottom photo shows everyone's delight...especially since we had 2 daughters of a navy pilot in our midst!

5 comments:

The Strawberry Mallard said...

Dear Sisters ~ OH HOW EXCITING!
I just finished watching a special on Lourdes, that I had seen once before. How WONDERFUL that it was raised today!
God is so good to all of you~ Continuing to follow your progress and praying for you!
Nancy in NJ :o)

Anonymous said...

Dear Sisters,
Even though we're 2 time zones away from you and I didn't know what time the dome was going up, I prayed every hour on the hour all day for you and the success of it's "flight toward heaven!" God bless all of you and I hope to get to Phoenix (finally) as my brother and his wife have ust bought a second home there and know exactly where the monastery is being built. Blessings and many graces to you and the project.
Love,
Cindi S. in snowy Wisconsin

Rachel Pollmann said...

Dearest Sisters,
Many wishes and blessings to you as you see your new home being built. I have been following your progress and I am very excited for you! God Bless you all!!
Love,
Rachel from Illinois :)

Kathleen said...

How wonderful, what a great sight! All of you must be so excited. Many blessings to all who made this possible for you. Kathleen in Maine

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. It is wonderful to see that in the age of change, a structure is raised to the eternal.

God Bless!

John, Texas