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

Monday, May 24, 2010

Your Kind Offers...

As you may have guessed from our lack of blogging lately, things have been VERY busy.  We've had lots of guests, lots of construction meetings, and lots of things going on.  Please be sure to check out the dreams to reality blog for the more nitty gritty of construction.  There are some great new shots of the progress on that blog.  Stupendous to see how quickly things are getting done!

This photo was taken by Peg Beach - Sr. Mary Fidelis' mom.  She has a good camera eye and captured the unique setting of our Chapel.  The barren desert surroundings, and the Chapel rising up out of the desert like a phoenix!  Isn't it awesome!!!  Thanks Peg
We've been making LOTS of trips to Tonopah - either taking friends/family out to see the site or going out ourselves to meet with Haydon.  All these trips will soon come to an end as we permanently move there. We still don't have any definite moving dates - more than likely it will be late summer.  If you know of anyone who owns a moving company and would like to help, let us know! 

So many people have been asking how they can help us with this transition to Tonopah.  What they can get us as a house-warming gift etc.  As you can imagine our needs right now are many and varied.  So to everyone who has offered, THANK YOU!

Currently our most pressing need is for funding for a fence/wall around the house - as a means of security for us.  So if you would like to donate toward this (or if you happen to own a fencing business and want to make a donation - smile, smile), we would be extremely grateful.  Donations can be made online, via pay pal or a check can be mailed to us at: Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, P.O. Box 92, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324 - please put "fence fund" in the memo line.  Checks can be made payable to: Our Lady of Solitude Monastery.

Otherwise, our needs range from landscaping to households needs.  Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Basha's or Fry's, or Lowe's are helpful.  Or, if you would like to donate toward the landscaping (or if you happen to own a nursery and want to make a donation - smile, smile), we would be extremely grateful!

So to all those who asked: HOW CAN I HELP? I hope this answers your questions!  We are so grateful to each and every one of you for your generosity and your desire to assist us.  You will not go unrewarded! 
Sr. Esther Marie, Brett Eklund, and Sr. Augustine Marie at Deer Valley Airport
A photo Sr. Esther Marie snapped from the sky!

Sr. Thomas Augustine, Sr. Mary Michael, and Sr. John Paul with Sr. Esther Marie at the building site!  We are so grateful for the friendship of our spiritual cousins: the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist!

Monday, May 3, 2010

5th Anniversary Celebration

Group Shot II
Originally uploaded by Desert Nuns
On May 1, 2005, the Phoenix Foundation officially began - as we piled in the mini-van and headed West. There were many tears, as we left Mother, the Nuns, and all that was familiar to us.  But there was a great excitement as well - as we embarked on the journey that Our Lord invited us to make...with Him and for Him.

Arriving in Phoenix about 5 days later (we took our time driving out here), we all knew we were coming home! And that is just what Phoenix has been for us these 5 years: HOME. Since our arrival, the diocese of Phoenix has become family to us. Interceding for the needs of teh faithful here has been our main way of explaining why a contemplative monastery is so necessary for a diocese. Email after email, phone call after phone call: so many people have entrusted to us the their needs - so that we can interecede for them as we adore Our Eucharistic King. Burdens, joys, hopes, disappointmentsP we have been privileged to share all of this with those who ask for our prayers.

It's hard to imagine life without knowing so many of the wonderful people in Phoenix - our Bishop and Priests and Deacons, the Seminarians and Religious, our benefactors, friends, all the faithful we have met at the parishes or the grocery store, the children at schools that we have visited: Our Hearts are Filled to Overflowing! So to all of you, please be assured of how happy we are to be here in Phoenix - serving the diocese through our life of prayer and adoration. We thank you for your friendship and your support.

To celebrate our 5th Anniverary, we went out to Tonopah. Bishop James Wall, our friend since arriving in Phoenix (and is now the Bishop of Gallup, NM), offered Mass. We were blessed to have 2 Franciscan Friars with us as well: Fr. Mark Mary, MFVA and Br. Francis, CFR. A few friends also joined us for this beautiful celebration. Below is a video of it that we hope you enjoy! Also, check out the photos on Flickr!