DeGrazia's Mission In The Sun Chapel - Blossoming Widow : A sacred place people could go to light candles in memory of their loved ones

DeGrazia’s Mission In The Sun Chapel

DeGrazia’s Mission In The Sun Chapel was built by Ted DeGrazia in 1952 in the memory of Padre Eusebio Kino dedicated to Our Lady Of Guadalupe.  It is a small rustic adobe structure with several rooms nestled at the foot of the Catalina Mountains.  It is located at 6300 N. Swan Road in Tucson, Arizona.

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This post is in memory of my husband Brad

 

DeGrazia's Mission In The Sun Chapel - Blossoming Widow : In remembrance of my husband, Brad

 

DeGrazia's Mission In The Sun Chapel - Blossoming Widow : A sacred place people could go to light candles in memory of their loved ones

 

DeGrazia's Mission In The Sun Chapel - Blossoming Widow : A sacred place people could go to light candles in memory of their loved ones

DeGrazia's Mission In The Sun Chapel - Blossoming Widow : A sacred place people could go to light candles in memory of their loved ones

This little Chapel is a sacred place where people can go to light candles in memory of their loved ones.   As you can see in the picture it is filled with DeGrazia’s hand painted frescoes.

 

DeGrazia's Mission In The Sun Chapel - Blossoming Widow : A sacred place people could go to light candles in memory of their loved ones

 

DeGrazia's Mission In The Sun Chapel - Blossoming Widow : A sacred place people could go to light candles in memory of their loved ones

 

The rustic interior is exposed to the elements as it has an open roof.

 

DeGrazia's Mission In The Sun Chapel - Blossoming Widow : A sacred place people could go to light candles in memory of their loved ones

 

I didn’t even know this place existed until the first anniversary of my husband’s death.  A really good friend of ours, Sydney, took me here so we could light candles in his memory.    I was so touched by the beauty, peace and sacredness of this humble structure.

We returned here the second year of Brad’s passing.    This time, as we we walked in, the wind picked up and the bell up above started clanging.   A small dove flew in through the open roof and landed on to the floor.  It stayed, walking back and forth in front of us and watched as we lit our candles.   I truly believe my husband was giving us signs that he was there with us.

 

DeGrazia's Mission In The Sun Chapel - Blossoming Widow : A sacred place people could go to light candles in memory of their loved ones

 

 

 

DeGrazia's Mission In The Sun Chapel - Blossoming Widow : A sacred place people could go to light candles in memory of their loved ones

 

Today, as I write this post, it is August 10, 2017, the 3rd anniversary of Brad’s death.   My heart is filled with sorrow in remembering my great loss and what it did to me.   I wish we could go back to DeGrazia Mission In The Sun Chapel, but unfortunately, it burned May 30th of this year.   I stopped by to see the damage, it’s not a total loss, a small part of it still remains.  It is my hope that they can someday, somehow, rebuild.   If you would like to learn more of the DeGrazia Gallery click here.

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