October 31, 2011: A Good Habit


Having seen this former convent numerous times, but never really knowing whom or what it housed, SK figured Halloween was a fit day for exploration.  The chapel reminded her of college days surrounded by the missions of Santa Clara, & also as a child growing up with a Catholic mother.  Upon seeing it now as an Alzheimer's Care Center, SK thought of her Dad & his side of the family.  

After circling the facility's exterior twice, but still not feeling satisfied, SK ventured inside.  Camera away, she asked to see the chapel & was gently told to wait for a tour guide.  As her escort approached in a nun's habit & giant silver cross swinging from her neck, SK knew her prayers had been answered.  And she sinned only once, nodding "yes" to her guide's assumption that she was viewing the church for her upcoming wedding.  Visitors were welcome, of course, to take as many pictures as desired.  

Thank you, Susan, for the heartfelt & very informative tour of the breathtaking St. Andrews Chapel, formally known as The Monastery of Precious Blood.  I also loved your Halloween costume.



(Chapel, Constructed In 1922, Fully Restored In 1931, Placed On The National Registry Of Historic Places In 1985, St. Andrews Care Center, SE Portland)
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(Main Entrance, St. Andrews Care Center, SE Portland) 
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(Chapel, Comfortably Seats 110, St. Andrews Care Center, SE Portland) 
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(Chapel, Cloistered Nun Standing & Singing Area, St. Andrews Care Center, SE Portland) 
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(Chapel, Original Hand-Painted Frescoes & Stained Glass Window, St. Andrews Care Center, SE Portland) 
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(Susan, The Perfect Tour Guide, St. Andrews Care Center, SE Portland)
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love this, very humorous & great photos! Looks like a beautiful place, glad you visited.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful place. I know it on the backside of Mt. Tabor. See you in the darkroom!

Anonymous said...

So she isn't a nun, then?

SK said...

That is correct, Susan is not a nun. She was, however, wearing a nun costume because it was Halloween.

Anonymous said...

I thought she didn't want you to take her picture...but you did anyway?!

SK said...

She didn't want to POSE for a picture is how I understood it. I didn't even think the bottom one would turn out since I took it from my hip and didn't change the settings for outdoor light.

Imagine this photo story WITHOUT an image of Susan in her nun's costume. Not quite right....right?