Urgent Appeal for the St. Gabriel Project!
"There is an appointed time for every- thing...a time to plant, and a time to har- vest" (cf. Eccl. 3:1-3). Yes, we seem to be in the midst of all this around here of late. Even while we are planting grass seed around the newly finished Sisters' convent to reintegrate it into the natural setting, we are scraping away the topsoil from the new site on the opposite hilltop so that we can begin to build St. Gabriel Monastery on a foundation of stone.
On August 25th, we held a simple ceremony to bless the building site with holy water and a relic of the true Cross, as we pray that God may complete the work He has begun, and for the protection of all our workers, the architects and our project manager. Having already laid the access road, storm drains and electrical wiring, we hope to be able to get the foundation, walls and roofing in before winter sets in, so that work may continue inside during the cold months, provided the funds are available.
Unfortunately, it seems that construction costs have risen some 10-20% since the construction of the Convent. A stronger economy has this downside for those budgeting construction, in this economically depressed part of the state. (St. Gabriel's Monastery is situated on the western fringe of the Appalachian moun- tains, perhaps 20 miles from the Ohio River.) Although we were able to keep the Convent within 5% of the budget, we have already had to raise the budget for the Monastery due to higher construction costs.
We therefore ask you to consider a generous donation to help us meet these costs. The Monastery will also include a larger Chapel for larger Opus Angelorum events, and will therefore cost more than the Convent. Just so you have an idea, the Convent cost $2.1 million (already paid— thank you!), while our budget for the monastery is now $3.3 million. So please consider a generous donation today, or if possible, even a monthly subscription to keep us on our building schedule!
May God reward you all for your con- tinued support of the Order, the Sisters, the OA apostolate and our Building Project! We keep you and all your intentions in our daily prayers, as one spiritual family in the Lord, with our "elder Brothers", the Holy Angels. May St. Joseph, the holy House- father in the Work of the Holy Angels, watch over all your needs, both spiritual and material.
May God bless you and your families!
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