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Superior's Message

Dear Friend and Benefactor,

Peace to you and I hope this finds you doing well. The weeks have passed quickly since the celebration of Easter, and here we are now in Ordinary Time and almost officially in summer. We had a lovely Easter Season and enjoyed the following Solemnity's as they occurred. I particularly enjoyed our Corpus Christy Sunday celebration. The chapel was full, as is often the case now,and at the conclusion of mass we had a procession around the front drive and up to the front gate with the blessed Sacrament. We are so blessed to have our faith traditions that we carry forward every year.

Our retreat season is fully underway. We have many groups booked this year - the first year to be booked since the Pandemic, so we are most grateful to those who are coming back. The Tolomei Center seems to have become a popular place to stay for the groups, and they are able to bring their own cook which helps us. We can then focus on the individual guests who are here and eat in the main refectory. We do have a new cook and thus far guests are very happy with the food preparation. I purchased a new salad bar for the refectory which offers a bigger selection of salad items and it seems to be most welcomed.

For those who have been asking - we will not be hosing the Gala this year. The retreat Committee decided to pass this year. There is always so much to do in preparation for it, and sometimes it is not so easy to get sufficient help to pull it together. We will make a decision about next year soon.

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.