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We are using these virtual ‘bricks’ to keep you updated about the Monastery and to ask for your support for our current projects. Please note that you are not ‘buying’ anything; this is a way to donate to the Monastery.
If you need a US tax receipt for your donation, please send your support by cheque to American Friends of the Celtic Saints, 3736 W County Rd 4, Berthoud, CO 80513, USA. All donations received are used to support the work of the Monastery.
We are beyond grateful for anything that is offered in love and free will. You are the blood that keeps this Monastery alive and I can never forget that – may Christ bless you beyond your hopes.
We are currently (June 2021) working on:
The restoration of the Vestry Room at Kilninian (the Church of Sts Ninian and Cuthbert). The room is part of the historical building, and its restoration required a full planning application and a building warrant from Scottish Heritage and the Local Council. To get the work done, we have employed an architect, an engineer, a builder and a plasterer.
Building a toilet for the Kilninian (the Church of Sts Ninian and Cuthbert). As our pilgrims very well know, the church does not have ANY toilet facilities, which made it very difficult to celebrate. We are about 40 minutes away (driving) from the public toilet in Salen, so that really is not an option. Because of the historical and environmental restrictions affecting Kilninian (a historical monument situated in a natural reserve), we have had to apply for planning permission and a building warrant in order to build the toilet.
Paying a cumulative bill of over 9 thousand pounds for electricity – this is on top of the monthly bills we have paid throughout the year. This extra (and unexpected) expense comes because of the dehumidifier and the heaters we installed in the church last year.
Fencing the property around Kilninian, which is necessary in order to protect the cemetery and the ancient stones (animals enter the graveyard and rub against the stone crosses) and so that we may slowly start landscaping the valley into a wooded prayer garden. We have struggled for years to find a company able to do the work, because the land is basically a huge boulder, which makes the work very difficult and time consuming.