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Superior's Message

Dear Friend and Benefactor,

Peace to you and I hope this finds you doing well. Happy Easter blessings to you all. We now celebrate Easter for 50 days - until Pentecost. I hope you had a blessed and grace filled Holy Week. Our Holy Week was grace filled and very much blessed with the spirit of God. I always find that one is carried through the Triduum - there is always so much to prepare for each day, but it always comes together at the end.
Each day was well attended by our local people, an others who travelled from other parts of the State to be with us. We are very grateful to all those who came.

Special thanks to Debbie and her daughters who donated the flowers and arranged them for the Easter Liturgies. Thanks also to those who brought us wonderful deserts and other treats. Thanks also to two of our guests, David and Robert who helped out during the Liturgies - assisting at the altar. They would make good monks - but alas, they are married with families.

The weather was typical for this time of the year, and created a challenge at the Easter Vigil to keep the Paschal candle lit for the procession, but we managed. Every year it seems to be windy - until after the mass is over, at which time there is not a hint of wind.

Early afternoon on Sunday we had a nice dinner, after which our guests departed. Spring is just about in bud now - the grass is getting greener and the tress are showing signs of new life. There is so much to be grateful for here in the Pecos Valley. We also appreciate all of you who support us in so many ways. As I often say - we could not do it without you.

We continue to pray for the needs of the world, especially the war in Ukraine and the war in the Middle East, and the many other challenges our world is facing at this time. We ask Mary Mother of God to be with us.

Most sincerely,

Abbot Aidan, OSB

Planned Gift Giving:

To help us continue our monastic life and mission to be a beacon of light in the world, we value your ongoing help. We are a small community living a very simple life of prayer and work. We all know that prayer is very important, and we come together every day to pray for you and the needs of the world.


Please consider naming the Pecos Benedictine Monastery as your primary or contingent (secondary) beneficiary on your retirement accounts, life insurance and any annuities you might have. Or you can name us as one of several beneficiaries by stating a percentage amount. Because these accounts have separate beneficiary forms, you will need to use the form provided by that institution, many of which allow you to make these adjustments on-line, or through your HR Department.

Here is the language you would use: "I designate the Pecos Benedictine Monastery to receive the sum of $____________ or ________% of my account/policy."

Whether you use an attorney or a computer generated service like Legal Zoom to prepare your Will or Living Trust, by naming the Pecos Benedictine Monastery, your gift of any amount or percentage helps support our mission into the future.

Charitable gifts must be made from your estate or living trust with specific language - here is the suggested bequest language:

"I give and bequeath to the Pecos Benedictine Monastery $_______ or ________%."

You can give us stock directly, your financial advisor can help you with this. You can also contact our Investment Broker to assist you.

With a gift of real estate to the Pecos Benedictine Monastery, you can further our mission and lower taxes too.

A Charitable Gift Annuity is a way to donate to the Pecos Benedictine Monastery at your death, receive a lifetime of income and get an income tax deduction. There are also special trusts called a Charitable Remainder Trust which works similar to a Gift Annuity but is more suitable for larger gifts.

If you are currently required to take distributions from your IRA, you can donate up to $100,000 of those distributions from your IRA annually to the Pecos Benedictine Monastery as a Qualified Charitable Distribution.
It will satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution and allow your gift to support the Monastery. Your IRA administrator can send a check directly to the Pecos Benedictine Monastery.

Please be sure to notify us if this is a way you would like to support our ministry so that we can acknowledge you appropriately.

This information provided is for explanatory purposes only and is not intended to be used as tax advice. The Pecos Benedictine Monastery recommends that you contact a professional tax advisor who can provide you with additional information on how your participation in the what is provided above may affect your personal tax situation.

You are welcome to contact our Finance Office. Sherwin will be happy to assist you with any questions you might have. He can be reached Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm at ext: 104.

Other Office extensions:

Finance Office:
Sherwin Tarnoff ext. 104

Banking questions/Donor questions
Tracy Shutz ext. 103

Guest Office/Reservations:
Debbie Varela ext. 101

Debbie Varela ext. 101

Kitchen Manager:
Jeff Tarnoff ext. 106

Abbot Aidan: ext. 102

Thank you and God bless you.