Within the beautiful and peaceful countryside of North Central Alabama, stands the magnificent and brilliant Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of the Angeles Monastery. Inside this massive and impressive structure visitors are awestruck by the enormous 8-foot monstrance. There the Lord is present, exposed in the Most Blessed Sacrament, as if He is seated on His glorious throne. Perpetually before Him in humble contemplation is the Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration Nuns praying for the salvation of souls. The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word are honored to provided for the sacramental and spiritual needs of the Shrine.
During an EWTN publicity and fund raising campaign in Latin America in 1995, Mother Angelica visited a Church dedicated to the Divine Infant Jesus in Bogotá, Columbia. There she was instructed by the Divine Child Jesus to build Him a temple and a Shine honoring the Blessed Sacrament. The Lord soon sent benefactors to assist in the building of Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament and the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. Its structure was modeled after 13th century Italian architecture. In December of 1999 the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration moved into their new home that resembled the churches and shrines of Assisi. Since its grand opening, the Friars of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word have faithfully served the sisters and visitors.
Everyday the priests of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word devoutly and zealously celebrate Mass for the Poor Clare Sisters. The local community around the Shrine and visitors attend Masses. Twice a day friar priests are available for confessions. They provide guided holy hours, healing services and conferences for pilgrim groups. A friar priest regularly gives a spiritual lesson to Sisters. Fr. Paschal Mary is the Administrator of the Shine. The Friar who is Administrator of the Shine oversees all the liturgical events, operations, and provides leadership and counsel.