Random and not so random musings from a 5th generation NE Missourian who became a 1st generation Episcopalian. Let the good times roll!

Top photo:  Abbot's residence
Middle photo:  Interior of one of the Guesthouses
Bottom photo:  Hospitality Center

Well, you have read many posts about my trip to the Abbey of St. Benedict, Companions of St. Luke monastery in Donnelson, IA.  Just recently, Sugar Creek flooded its banks and caused a fair amount of damage to their property.  The good news is the chapel was untouched by the flood waters.  Abbot Michael-John reports that his residence/abbey office and the Hospitality center are total losses and that the guesthouses sustained some water damage.  The ServiceMaster bill alone will be several thousand dollars.  Their insurance did not cover flood damage.

I am actually planning another trip in September, and still plan to go.  But in the meantime, the Abbey is requesting donations to help clean up.

Donations are tax deductible.  If you can help, please visit their site and make a donation at this link.  They are a small abbey, as most of the folks in their order are not "in residence".  But it is still "home" to several spiritual friends, associates and vowed members of their order.  I plan to drop them a check in tomorrow's mail!  Even if you can't donate, please remember them in prayer.


Dear Maria,
As a non-resident member of the Companions of St. Luke, I'd like to send heartfelt thanks your way for posting information about the flood. Your assistance in publicizing this event is a great help. Thank you so much.
Sr. Brigid



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