We are using these virtual ‘bricks’ to keep you updated about the Monastery and to ask for your support for our current projects.
Thank you for everything. You are the blood that keeps this Monastery alive – may Christ bless you beyond your hopes.
We are currently 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.
Our Founding Bricks are virtual products. They work as donations from your home to our Monastery.
Although you are offering us virtual bricks, we shall turn them into real building materials, real labour and everything else we need to keep working for the Monastery. Pay attention! These are very special brickes and they come with great and amazing powers – the power to travel from your home to our small island; the power to support a remote Monastery you may never visit, but where prayers will be offered on your behalf and on behalf of the world; most importantly, the amazing power to express Love by building a nest of prayer to the world.
Note to our US Friends: If you would like to support us by offering a more substantial donation (for which we would be very grateful), please do so by sending a cheque to our US organisation (American Friends of the Celtic Saints) at the address below – ALL funds received by them are directed towards the founding and support of the Monastery.
By sending a cheque, we can offer you a tax-receipt for your donation and we can send you updates about the Monastery. For whatever you can send, may God bless you a hundred-fold.
American Friends of the Celtic Saints
3736 W County Rd 4
Berthoud, CO 80513