Ceilings and walls are deteriorating; exterior is failing; foundations are crumbling.
In 2016, our general contractor evaluated our current buildings and reported what we had suspected: It would take millions of dollars to make them safe and healthy for our community – and it would require miraculous creativity to find a way to make them conducive to our way of life and sufficient for our numbers.
Rather than sink more money and energy into continuing to try to reconfigure what was never intended to be a lasting Cistercian house of prayer, we discerned instead to work as prudently and quickly as we can to build and move.
We have outgrown our adopted and adapted home;
Our current buildings were never intended to be a permanent monastery;
They are subject to continuous and accelerating deterioration;
Further repairs and renovations are unreasonably expensive and not financially prudent for the future;
It is time to build a monastery whose beauty complements the beauty of the life.