“First known as Grayson (after Nellie Grayson Lyman, wife of settler Joseph Lyman), the town changed its name in 1914 when a wealthy easterner, Thomas W. Bicknell, offered a thousand-volume library to any town that would adopt his name. Grayson competed with Thurber, Utah (renamed Bicknell) for the prize. Grayson was renamed Blanding after the maiden name of Bicknell's wife, and each of the towns received 500 books.” – Wikipedia. Blanding is located in the Four Corners area of the Colorado Plateau with 2.4
The Carmelite Order traces its origin to the 13th century when Saint Teresa of Jesus reformed the first female monastery in Avila, Spain. Living as hermits, they resided on Mt Carmel, a coastal mountain range in northern Israel, in the Holy Land. Taking the Blessed Virgin Mary as their Mother and Patroness, they dedicated themselves to a life of prayer and contemplation in solitude and silence. A group came to America, settling in Maryland in 1790. The lives of the Carmelite Nuns of Salt Lake City are structured, they have few possessions and still wear habits. Each morning at 5:25 a.m., one sister wakes the others with a wooden clapper, just as members of their order have done for centuries. Daily mass is at 7:30 a.m. followed by a day of service, work and mostly prayer until ten in the evening. “The reason for the Carmelite life, its prayer and austerity, its silence and enclosure, is to allow the Carmelite Sister to devote her entire energy to the worship, the contemplation, and love of God. The sisters pray for the whole world; this is how they express their love and concern.” - http://www.carmelslc.org/carmelpg5.htm If you wish to be acquainted with the life of the Carmelite Nuns of Salt Lake City, please click on the link: http://www.carmelslc.org/carmelpg11.htm
Today’s Pilgrim Train stopped at Carmelite Monastery ˑ 5714 S Holladay Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84121 ˑ Phone: (801) 277-6075 ˑ Website: http://www.carmelslc.org/ I was both humbled and blessed to attend the 7:30 a.m. mass in the chapel. The monastery is just a few minutes off of I-215 at the base of Mount
Located 30 miles north of Salt Lake City, Hill Air Force Base is in northern Utah, just south of Ogden. The base was named in honor of Major Ployer Peter Hill of the U.S. Army Air Corps, who died test-flying a prototype of the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. “Hill Air Force Base has enjoyed a long and colorful history. The base traces its origins back to the ill-fated Army Air Mail ‘experiment’ of 1934, during which time the idea originated for a permanent air depot in the Salt Lake City area. On September 26, 1947 the Army Air Corps became the United States Air Force, ending an association with the Army that had lasted 40 years. Following an Air Force-wide pattern of renaming ‘fields’ as ‘bases,’ Hill Field became Hill Air Force Base on February 5, 1948. Hill AFB now ranks as Utah's largest employer. The $960 million payroll and presence of the installation injects tremendous growth into the Utah economy. The current value of the base acreage, buildings, equipment, and inventories exceeds $4.5 billion.” - http://www.hill.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=5830
As a civilian, I needed a sponsor to get on the base. So, I felt blessed to have my two dear friends, a Retired Navy Commander and his lovely wife, take me as their guest. I hadn’t been on a military base since before 9/11 and was both naive and ill prepared for such tight security. There are no signs on the
Located in Uintah County and encompassing of 7.7 square miles, Fort Duchesne was originally a fort, established by the United States Army in 1886 and closed in 1912. Nowadays, it is the homeland of the Northern Ute Tribe, and is the largest of three Indian reservations that are inhabited by members of the Ute Tribe of Native Americans. Today’s Pilgrim Train stopped at a mission that is named after the only Native American Saint. The “Lily of the Mohawks” was a virgin of the Mohawk tribe. Her parents and brother died of smallpox when she was only four years old, and so she was adopted by her aunt. Smallpox still dotted her face and impaired her eyesight. Despite these obstacles, Kateri Tekakwitha shunned all marriage proposals and lived a life of chastely. In 1667, Jesuit missionaries arrived at her tribe, and it was then that she converted to Christianity, baptized as Catherine.
Shunned and abused by relatives for her faith, Tekakwitha escaped to a cabin where she practiced austere mortifications and is said to have experienced union with God in prayer. Upon her death, a devotion to her, started immediately among her people. "Today, there are a number of shrines and
Today’s Pilgrim Train stopped at a little over three hours south in a town that is pronounced a bit different. Do not make the mistake I did and pronounce this town “Hur-i-keyn” like the tropical cyclone. Instead it is pronounced “Her-ah-kun” by most native Utahns. I was wondering if there were hurricanes in Utah. Since there are not, how did this town get the name? Apparently, there is a legend that one windy day in the 1860's Mormon leader Erastus Snow had a whirlwind blow the top off a buggy he was driving. He reportedly said, “Well, that was a Hurricane. We’ll name this the Hurricane Hill.” The town of Hurricane is very windy, especially in winter when wind gusts soar over 50 miles per hour. Today I was very fortunate to have little to no winds.
Located in Washington County, Hurricane is a part of the St. George Metropolitan Area. The community was intended to establish the southern end of Utah for agricultural purposes. The town once operated a
About 35 minutes west of Cedar City, the town of Beryl Junction is located in the southwestern part of Iron County and was named for the junction of two state highways, State Routes 18 and 56. Beryl Junction sits on the southern edge of the Escalante Desert and covers approximately 1.8 square miles. According to historic records, the New Castle Reclamation Company invested in land near the Beryl Crossroads in the Escalante Valley in 1909. Subsequently, that company built a hotel to bring prospective buyers, promoting the land for agricultural development. Despite the failure of the venture, the community has grown slowly since then as modern irrigation techniques have made the farmland productive.
Located near the heart of town is San Pablo Catholic Mission ∙ 702 N Highway 18 ∙ Beryl Junction, UT 84714 ∙ Phone: (435) 586-8298 ∙ Website: http://www.saintgeorgecatholics.com/Web%20Pages/Masses/masses.htm. San Pablo translated in English means Saint Paul and he epitomizes the incorporation of
“God has created me to do some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it is this life, but I shall be told it is in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught… Therefore, I will trust Him… If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorry, my sorry may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.” - Blessed John Henry Newman
Blessed John Henry Newman, a British theologian, was born on February 21, 1801 in London, England. He was an influential churchman and man of letters, who led the Oxford Movement in the Church of England. Later he became a cardinal-deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. His powerful books, particularly Parochial and Plain Sermons, Lectures on the Prophetical Office of the Church and University Sermons, revitalized importance on the church. By 1845 he came to view the Roman Catholic Church as
The Book of John, Chapter 10: 1-21 is entitled, “The Good Shepherd”. “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, they did not realize what he was trying to tell them. So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came [before me] are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the
Today’s patron saint was a skilled carpenter or artisan. According to Book of Genesis, Joseph was the 11th of Jacob's 12 sons and Rachel's firstborn. Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, and rose to become the second most powerful man in Egypt next to Pharaoh. He was the foster father to the Son of God. Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. He was embalmed and laid to rest in a coffin in Egypt (Genesis 50:26). The Patron Saint of the Universal Church, unborn children, fathers, workers, travelers, immigrants, and a happy death. St. Joseph’s Feast Day is March 19th.
Down the street from Saint Ann’s Catholic Church is a very active retirement village that was founded by Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1947. The sisters have since returned to their mother-house in Texas, but St. Joseph’s Villa is still going strong. There is still an overwhelming Catholic presence at St. Joseph Villa as it is still the only facility where members of the Catholic faith can come for either
Originally called Offero, Saint Christopher, began as a pagan. He was born during the third century at Canaan, a region encompassing modern-day Israel. Did you know that he was a well-built, strong man and so tall that he was sometimes referred to as a giant? One day he met a holy hermit who guided travelers to the safe points where they could cross a dangerous river. Then took the place of the hermit but instead of just guiding travelers, he would often carry them across the river. He paid close attention to helping any small children. Saint Christopher converted to Christianity through the teachings of the holy hermit. He was baptized as “Christoffero” which eventually led to the name Christopher. In AD250 the Roman Emperor Decius issued an edict for the suppression of Christianity. Christopher was one of many arrested and executed during these persecutions. He is represented in Christian Art, usually shown with his emblems, the Christ Child, a tree in bloom and a torrent. Saint Christopher is loved and honored in the churches both of the East and the West. In addition to being the patron and protector of all travelers, he is also invoked against storms and sudden death. July 25th is his feast day.
To honor Saint Christopher, there is a very welcoming church in Kane County Utah. Saint Christopher’s Catholic Church is located in Kanab, known locally as "Little Hollywood" due to its history as a filming location for mostly western movies and television series, just north of the Arizona state line. Kanab was
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