Presently, we pray the Hours and celebrate daily Mass in our modest quarters in the midst of a plantation. Our church is simple but no less holy or reverently approached for that. Our Altar was consecrated on the Vigil of the Feast of Corpus Christi, 2016 by our Bishop Protector, Bishop Keith Ackerman, SSC.
The early Christians celebrated Mass directly upon the tombs of the saints.
Christians have always believed that one of the properities of holiness
is proximity to the holy.
Obtaining first-class relics for our church's patrons, Blessed Mary, Ever-Virgin and the Holy Angels,
to sanctify our Altar is impossible,
for these patrons can never die.
The saints whose relics lie within our Altar, though, point beyond themselves:
St. Rose of Lima, Patron Saint of the Americas, whose very name recalls the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley;
St. Dominic, a contemporary of St. Francis and founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), to whom our Blessed Mother revealed first the mystery of the Rosary;
St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor, who was a near-contemporary of St. Francis;
St. Anthony of Padua, a contemporary of St. Francis who sought the purity of Franciscan life as we seek after it now.