This week was very exciting for our community! We held two important meetings for our building project! The first one was with our contractor, Mr. James Prisco and his team and our architect, Justin Mihalik to establish more detailed costs, finalize plans and establish a timeline for our project! You can't imagine the excitement we are experiencing to see that, thanks to God's providential care for us through your generosity, the beginning is in sight!
The push is on to get over the first big hurdle—approval by the Planning Board! Our prayer is that there will be a lot of chaos here at the monastery this summer as the driveway is widened to allow for the equipment to come through, the wall comes down, trees downed (that is the sad part!) and those big shovels start digging the foundation! Please join us in asking St. Joseph's intercession!
The next day we met with Judith Hiemer Van Wie of Hiemer & Company Stained Glass Windows to finalize plans for the memorial windows in the new wing. You might remember that last year we were gifted with several windows from the old convent of Mount Carmel Parish, Bayonne, NJ, Sr. Judith Miryam's parish before she entered. The entrance door, parlor doors and other areas of the new wing will be enhanced with either pieces from the windows or new windows based on the original design. Most of these windows have been memorialized by benefactors but there are a few still available. Our favorite are the Gift Shop Doors which will have a frosted design featuring our famous "Little Nun" from the Seignadou Soaps logo!
Because of each one of you this stage of our project is possible! While we have more than three quarters of the needed funds we still need to continue to raise donations to bring our project to completion. Lent is a time of giving alms. As we begin this holy season would you please consider making a donation? No matter the size of your gift, we pray daily for God's blessings on you, for your families and for all the graces you need! One of our favorite invocations in the Dominican Order is the following, "Lord, repay with eternal life, all those who do good to us for the sake of Your Holy Name!"