The Infirmary addition construction is coming along nicely. This past week workers sprayed on a foam insulation on the exterior of the building.
Below: On Sunday morning there was a fog descending upon the Abbey. One of our neighbors took this picture and shared it with me.
The workers are making lots of progress on the Infirmary addition. The framework for the chapel was built up during this past week. I decided to take some aerial photos of the progress to give an interesting perspective.
We continue to enjoy beautiful and sunny weather with just enough rain to keep everything green.
We are in the middle of June and there are plenty of things going on around the Abbey. We have one vocation guest visiting right now, and one more to join him in about a week. The weather warmed up into the 90’s this week and construction is moving quickly on the addition to the Infirmary. See the progress below.
The clouds have been particularly beautiful as well as the other sights around campus.
We continue to welcome a steady flow of guests during these weeks. Next week many Abbots from monasteries throughout the United States will be here for the General Chapter, which we will host this year. Many monks will be involved in extending hospitality to them.
Workers are making quick progress on the addition to St. Stephen’s Infirmary. The expansion to the Infirmary will include six additional rooms, a chapel, among other things necessary for caring for our elderly and infirmed monks.
Easter celebrations continue as we enjoy the spring weather. Here are a few pictures from the beauty we are experiencing around campus.
It has been a busy month and posting regularly has been a challenge. During the month of March we welcomed four monastery vocation guests. For each man, it was at least his second visit, which is always a good sign to welcome men back to our monastery.
Fr. Victor returned from Washington, D.C. and joined us for some board games one evening. Our game of choice for the week has been Ticket to Ride.
March 17-19 I helped out with a retreat in Estes Park, Colorado at the YMCA of the Rockies. There were 130 junior high and high school students on this Discipleship retreat. I heard confessions all weekend, gave a few talks, and celebrated Mass for the group. It was a powerful experience in a beautiful place.
Our Infirmary building is undergoing some construction. We are building an addition which will increase the amount of rooms for the residents and enlarge the chapel. We broke ground within the past week and I am eager to offer photo updates of the progress.
The past few days have been beautiful. Yesterday I flew the drone around to catch some of the sights of campus.
Fortunately I got those two pictures and many more taken before workers started demolition and construction on the front Basilica steps. This morning and afternoon a worker was tearing up the steps that had become damaged over the course of time and weather.
It is been a busy week and I have not been able to get these pictures up sooner. As these warm summer days continue, the work outside the monastery goes on. The sidewalks are looking very nice and will serve the monks and our guests well for many years to come. On the south side of the monastery there is the addition of the patio area for the monastic community which we will be able to use during recreation and at other times.
Workers were focusing their efforts on the south side of the monastery Monday morning and afternoon, where they are putting in a concrete patio area and continuing to finish the sidewalks around campus. Their work, however, was abruptly suspended due to an impressive rainfall that lasted most of the afternoon and into the evening.
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We’re back in the Monastery!
The monastic community made the move on Monday, June 15th. While much of the work occurred on that day, there is still plenty of moving and cleaning going on. Everyone is adjusting well to a familiar environment with a completely new look.
Workers still roam the hallways giving necessary attention to touch-up work here and there, and probably many technical issues that I admit are beyond my competency. The basement and the 4th floor still need a fair amount of work, but the residence floors (2nd and 3rd) and the common rooms (1st floor) are finished. It will take some time to work out a few of the minor issues, but the monastery is comfortable, and most importantly, safe. We are especially grateful to all of our friends and benefactors who have supported us throughout this renovation. We look forward to welcoming you into our home in the months ahead.
Above: Temporary nameplates adore the top of the doors. A more permanent fixture will be in place soon.