Dear Family, we all sometimes feel the need to get away from our busy daily schedules and find a place to recharge our spiritual batteries. Even the apostles were told by our Lord after ministering to the crowds, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest awhile." This Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament continues to provide a place of spiritual renewal for the many pilgrims who come seeking God in an atmosphere of silence and beauty. It is an oasis of peace, and a place of prayer and reconciliation for many souls.
In the spirit of our Holy Father Francis, we welcome all in love, as Catholics seek to grow in their love for the Eucharist and many others seek a quiet place to pray, often leaving with a greater knowledge of and respect for the Catholic faith. The pilgrims who visit may attend Holy Mass, silently join the Nuns as they pray the Liturgy of the Hours throughout the day, receive the Sacrament of Confession, take a tour of the John Paul II Eucharistic Center, attend a healing service, visit the Lourdes Grotto, or spend time in private adoration.
As more people come to know about this Shrine, the number of yearly visitors and pilgrims are increasing, and we are having difficulty accommodating multiple groups at once. After much prayer and discernment, we have decided to make an addition to our existing castle to adequately provide for the growing need. As our events and conferences at the Shrine increase (i.e. Clergy conferences, Pilgrim Groups, Divino Niño Day) these new facilities will help us to better provide for the spiritual needs of all.
This planned addition will include a conference room and dining area which will seat over 200 people, new offices, and an area for the Gift Shop of El Niño. We broke ground in July and are hoping to complete the addition in about nine months. We would be most grateful if you could send a donation to Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. We need your help to continue our mission to provide for the many pilgrims who come here seeking a place of inspiration, comfort, and peace.
Here are a few images of the progress on the Castle Project. Thank you for your continued generosity in making this project a reality. May God richly reward you!