While we have gotten used to bull dozers and other heavy equipment around the grounds, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mary, Mother of Priests Garden was the first time we had color-coordinated shovels on the property. Several wine-red shovels were on hand on our “Sound of Music” hill where we have plans to eventually build the Mary, Mother of Priests Garden. As one of its purposes is to honor priests and inspire both ourselves and others to pray and sacrifice for them, we realized that the prayer factor, driven by the need to pray for these warriors of God who are so constantly under attack in our world today and yet so absolutely essential, requires a flexible pray-while-we-build model of construction. In this way, even before the completion of the final phase of the Garden, we can already have earnest prayers for priests by name storming Heaven as we continue to add to the ranks of prayer supporters of our beleaguered priests.
For this starting point, we were joined by one of our Chaplains, Father Patrick Resen to bless the site, along with the Knights of Columbus, represented by State Deputy for Tennessee Tracy Staller and District Deputy Jimmy Dee, and members of our Handmaid Advisory Team (HAT) represented by Ralph Herbert (who found this property for us) and Jennifer Gozwitz (who assisted in our acquiring it). We give thanks to God and all who have assisted us in any way in this beginning project.