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The new crucifix which was hand carved specifically for the monastery dining room was mounted on Tuesday. The monastic community gathered for the blessing of this crucifix before supper. Abbot Gregory blessed the crucifix which all of the monks will look upon whenever we gather in the dining room. It is situated between a mural of Martha serving Jesus at table and one from of the life of St. Benedict.

The crucifix was hand carved by a man in the Philippines and has beautiful detail and craftsmanship. The monks are grateful to have this important sign of our faith added to the newly renovated monastery.

  Below: Archbishop Jerome is either inspecting the intricate carving or he is playing the role of Doubting Thomas by placing his finger in our Lord’s wounds.