Colorado Fires & The American Mothers Chapel

What follows is an update from Eleaner Scott, our Colorado Association President on the wild fires around the Colorado Springs area and the status of the American Mothers Chapel located there. Eleaner wrote: 

The Chapel is still standing!  The chapel is located in an area known as Rock Ledge Ranch which is at the eastern edge of Garden of the Gods.   This morning the fire officials are assessing which structures burned over the last two days, so no official information on the Garden of the Gods has gone out. The person I spoke to mentioned possible smoke damage in the area.  We would appreciate prayers for the Chapel and for all the firefighters and people who are affected by the fires in Colorado.  

More updates will follow as information is available.  Please keep our Colorado Association members and the American Mothers Chapel in your thoughts and prayers. A brief history of the Chapel:

The idea of designating a National Mothers Chapel began with Dorothy Lewis, then Honorary President of the American Mothers Committee.  She believed that an American Mothers Chapel would symbolize the organization’s dedication to motherhood and serve as a permanent reminder of those qualities desired in every mother, such as affection, patience, kindness, understanding and courage.  Mrs. Lewis decided that nothing could better symbolize these unique qualities of motherhood than a small chapel surrounded by the powerful natural wonders of the Garden of the Gods and the rugged Rocky Mountains.

Convinced of the need for a National Mothers’ Chapel, she resolved to make her vision materialize.  Funded by major gifts and small contributions from all parts of the country, the Chapel was dedicated on Mother's Day, May 11, 1973 and stands today as a symbol of motherhood.  It pays tribute to all mothers in America and is visited each year by hundreds of people from all over the world.