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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!


Kathleen said...

I remember the Phoenix Five getting ready to leave Alabama. I watched you on EWTN, as you were explaining why you were going. I can't believe it has been 5 years already. Things are really cookin' for you now.....and I am so happy for you all. It is such a joy, watching these dreams come to pass. You are in my prayers. Kathleen in Mainestersav

Anonymous said...

the video and pictures are very nice, thanks be to God, for what has happened and for what is happening :0)


Sister Shaun said...

Only our Awesome God can "create" and...through your submission to His Spirit, He is doing just that in Phoenix...creating something truly wonderful in Him, through Him, and for Him!
Praise be to our Good and Gracious God! Thanks to our dedicated and wonder-filled Sisters!
Love and prayers from your Immaculata I.H.M. friend!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary. Thank you for being our neighbors, and a deep thank you for the vocations you have chosen. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Br. Philip Maria, CFR said...

Praised be Jesus Christ - now & forever! It's amazing what God & St. Joseph have been doing lately. You sisters are a real inspiration to us & you are always in our prayers. God bless you and all the generous benefactors & keep up all the good work! Everyone will want to come for retreat there when your new place is finished. +Br. Philip Maria, CFR; Franciscan Friars of the Renewal; Yonkers, New York, USA. www.franciscanfriars.com

The Strawberry Mallard said...

Oh my I would do anything to be able to come there and feel God's prescence. Thank you sisters to continue to share your story with everyone!

sarah said...

Praise God! Y'all are beautiful praying angels on earth. God bless <3