IT'S REALLY HAPPENING!
On June 9th, John Rehder's Construction company began the work! These pictures show the progress.
On June 7th, after celebrating mass at St. Mel's, Archbishop Michael Sheehan blessed the building site with a beautiful ceremony and turned the first spadeful of dirt to break ground for our sacred church! Since we had been praying very hard for rain, it rained hard that day. We also had about three inches of hail that fell in Eagle Nest, making for an interesting walk from the car to the church. In spite of the unusual June weather the crowd (a big one) in attendance was in high spirits and rejoicing in the fact that the construction will start on June 9th. Several persons took pictures during the groundbreaking ceremony and sent them to be added to this website. They will be posted immediately after this news item.
Now the Building Committee is planning the interior furnishings of our church, since it is expected to be completed by December. We will be posting the items still needed as some people have expressed interest in helping purchase these furnishings and other items we need.
The Following is a message from our Building Committee Chairman, Tom Germscheid:
"A celebration took place in Angel Fire on June 7th, 2014 as Archbishop Michael Sheehan, along with local Pastor Father Emmanuel Izuka and a host of other clergy members, broke ground on the building site for Holy Angel’s Mission church. It has taken 6 ½ years of fund-raising from a tireless crew of angels in the making to get the project to this point. The ground-breaking ceremony came at the perfect time as the bulldozers and construction crew took over the land just two short days later. The church will be situated on 7.2 acres encircled by the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of the Moreno Valley. Completion of the church is anticipated by Christmas 2014.
The church was designed and engineered by Doug Patterson from LDG Designs out of Taos, New Mexico. John G Rehders, General Contractor, Inc. of Santa Fe will be the builder. Based in Santa Fe, John Rehders owns a house in Angel Fire and has been a supporter of the Holy Angels building project for the past several years. A highly regarded contractor within the Archdiocese, Rehders is a member of the Catholic community and is very familiar with the unique building needs for a proper church. He oversaw the construction of Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community Chapel in San Jose, NM as well as the recent magnificent renovation of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe.
Having raised 50% of the construction costs (the other 50% will be covered by a loan from the Archdiocese), Holy Angels will continue to fundraise for many years to come."