Two weeks ago, flames ripped through what was once a peaceful, tranquil place for relaxation and reflection in the valley.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Phoenix (northwest of 83rd Ave. and Thomas Road) suffered one million dollars in damages after a fire broke out in the chapel. They were left with broken statues, burned prayer books and a destroyed altar, among other losses.
Phoenix Fire officials blame a faulty power strip with Christmas lights as the start of the fire. Thankfully, no one was injured in the blaze, although one sister did jump in to put the fire out herself. Now, they are facing the costs of rebuilding what they’ve lost. They won’t be able to host any retreats for the next four to six months, which was one of their main ways to raise funds. They want to continue making a difference for the community. If you would like to donate, every little bit helps, and you can find more information on their official website here.
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