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Happy Easter everyone - many blessings to you. We are happy to announce that the remodel of the chapel is complete. We were able to clean it and move back in for Palm Sunday. We had a full house, so to speak, and a beautiful Liturgy. We then moved into Holy Week and again the Liturgies were beautiful and well attended.

Everything about the chapel feels right - and we are very comfortable. There are a few small adjustments here and there, and a few more things we need to do, but overall we are very happy with the new 'sacred space'. Most people comment that it is very prayerful.

We thank all the many benefactors who helped realize this much needed remodel. The ceiling seems to be the most noticeable of changes, and it really does look quite spectacular. The contractor was very patient with me as I talked him through my vision of change for the ceiling.

You can click on the link on the home page to see some photographs of 'before and after'.
The remodel went over budget, as is often the case with construction, and so we took out a small loan with our Bank to pay the contractor. And then, quite unexpected, we received a check from a donor to pay off the entire we are very grateful to him and to God.

We continue with upgrading the property as we are able. There is always something to do. When the weather is warmer the road up to the hermitages will be repaved. Over the years it has been graded and filled with gravel as necessary, but now it's in need of a major upgrade. Another are in need of clean up will also receive new black top.
The hermitages continue to be a popular option for people - they also went through some upgrades in 2020.

We are in the process of creating a gift shop on the website. It's a process to get items photographed and then posted on the website, but we are working diligently on it. Orders will be able to be made on least I think that's how it's going to work.

The guesthouse is slowly coming to life again after the long winter. Eric, who worked the guest office has retired - somewhat of a surprise, but he decided it was time to live a quiet life on the land and enjoy retirement! We wish him well and thank him for all he did. We hired Debbie, a local person and a most devoted supporter of the monastery and our monastic life. She is working part time at the moment and will be full time in a couple of months. In the meantime, Emily Ortiz has stepped in to help us during the transition period.

Please do come and see us - we look forward to welcoming you to your spiritual home.

As always, thank you for all you do for us, and in so many ways. We keep you in prayer - please pray for us.

God bless you all,

Abbot Aidan,