Our communities, the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross and the Sisters of the Holy Cross, ask for your prayers and donations for the future home of the Work of the Holy Angels in Carrollton, Ohio

Urgent Appeal for the St. Gabriel Project!

Brothers "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!

Check our Facebook page for more pictures: "St. Gabriel Building Project".

May God bless you all! Fr. Ludwig Oppl, Director

St. Gabriel Building Project

In central Ohio, at the heart of America, the Order and Sisters of the Holy Cross are building a house of Adoration and prayer for priests. It will be the home base for both communities, where they pray and intercede for the Church and run the Opus Angelorum apostolate. From here they will also go out to serve in missions, retreats and family apostolate.

The project includes the National Opus Angelorum Center, a center of spiritual instruction, Adoration and prayer for priests for all who wish to come.

History

Although the Order and the Sisters of the Holy Cross have had a presence in the States since 1979 through Opus Angelorum missions and retreats, community life for the priests was first established at a parish in Detroit in 1995. A group of the Sisters came over to help the priests with the growing apostolate in 1999. The Order purchased a property in the diocese of Steubenville, and moved to temporary housing in 2015.

The Building Project

The St. Gabriel Building Project consists of 4 phases.

Phase 1 (already complete thanks to your generous help!) was the renovation of the future guest house and the addition of a small chapel. The Priests and Brothers currently live here until the monastery can be built.

Phase 2 (already complete thanks to your generous help! entails the Sisters' convent, with space for 12 Sisters and 2 guests, and all the necessary rooms for community life.

Phase 3 consists in the Monastery for the Priests and Brothers.

In phase 4 we plan to build a larger chapel along with the National Opus Angelorum Center.

Would you like to be a part of this project for the good of the Church and her priests? With the help of the holy Angels, together we can transform and renew our culture and society from within, beginning with each individual heart. More than ever, the Church and the world today need the Angels!

Click to donate today! Please consider also monthly donations – a small amount every month adds up to a large, tax-deductible donation at the end of the year!

(Order of the Holy Cross, Inc and Opus Angelorum, Inc are 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations. All donations are tax-deductible.)

chapel

chapel

chapel