The Chapel of Our Lady of Hope, dedicated May 29, 1994, is a gift of actor and comedian Bob Hope and his wife Dolores in memory of Mr. Hope's mother, Avis Townes Hope.
Tradition holds that Mary appeared to six small children in the sky over a barn in the village of Pontmain, France, Jan. 18, 1871. The children and the townspeople were troubled by the prospect of war. As Prussian troops drew closer, Mary instructed the children to pray fervently and assured them of an end to the conflict. Filled with confidence, the villagers gathered with their pastor in supplication at the site of the apparition. Three days after Mary's appearance, the opposing forces withdrew. A week later, the clash formally ended and all the villagers who had enlisted to fight returned safely. In 1900 a shrine church was consecrated in Pontmain, France and entrusted to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The devotion was introduced in the United States in 1953 by the Oblates, who established a similar shrine at their mission house along Lake Champlain in New York.
The chapel is constructed entirely of white Carrera and fior de pesco marble imported from Italy. The solid bronze sculptures of Mary and of the two angels are the artistry of Dale Claude Lamphere.
O Mary, my Mother,
I kneel before you with heavy heart.
The burden of my sins oppresses me.
The knowledge of my weakness discourages me.
I am beset by fears and temptations of every sort.
Yet I am so longing for Heaven
I am filled with dread at the thought of death.
O Mother of Mercy, have pity on me in my distress.
You are all-powerful with your Divine Son.
He can refuse no request of your Immaculate Heart.
Show yourself a true Mother to me
by being my advocate before His throne.
O Refuge of Sinners and Hope of the Hopeless,
to whom shall I turn if not to you?
Obtain for me, then, O Mother of Hope,
the grace of true sorrow for my sins,
the gift of perfect resignation to God's Holy Will,
and the courage to take up my cross and follow Jesus.
But above all I pray, O dearest Mother,
that through your most powerful intercession
my heart may be filled with Holy Hope,
so that in life's darkest hour
I may never fail to trust in God my Savior,
but by walking in the way of His commandments
I may merit to be united with Him and with you
in the eternal joys of Heaven.
Mary, our Hope, have pity on us.
Hope of the Hopeless, pray for us.