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Friday, June 14, 2013

More on Christminster's Move

Forwarded by Angelos Stanway: 

By the grace of God, and with the help of many dear friends, the monks of Christminster [Western Rite Monastery of Christ the Saviour] moved out of their old premises over a two day period of 30/31 May, having been told they must leave the premises by the first of June. The move happened to coincide with an early tropical heat wave and torrential rains which added considerably to an already stressful situation. By the promised prayers of many well-wishers we survived the ordeal and are now located in St George’s rectory in Niagara Falls, New York. We owe this new monastic home to the kindness and good will of our dear friend and benefactor Archbishop Peter Goodrich of the Independent Anglican Church of Canada. He has also made available to us for our liturgical services the use of his cathedral next to the rectory. He and his clergy and staff have been most gracious and welcoming to us. 
In addition to the many who have supported us with their prayers we wish to thank heartily those who helped us with the actual move: Pavlos Pavlakis, Joanna Thomson, the twins, Greg Wiebe, Edward Akiwumi and Steve Camp (“the boys from Buffalo”) and anonymous helpers at the church.

While we are moved in, we are by no means settled in as there is still much unpacking to do. Fortunately we can unpack at our own pace, without a deadline hanging over us as it had been in Canada. Our stay here in New York is not likely to be a permanent one, but we have been assured by Archbishop Peter that we can stay here as long as we need. We do hope to return one day to Canada if we can find a suitable monastic site. In the mean time we are assured of a reasonable measure of peace, stability and quiet for the living out of our monastic life.

For the time being our Sunday Mass will be in the Cathedral at 8 o’clock AM. (The Anglican service on Sunday in the Cathedral, usually celebrated by the Archbishop is at 9:30 AM).

Already we have had some excitement (?) in our new quarters. There were some boxes that needed to be moved out our space and into the church. Among the helpers that were obtained there appears to have been a thief. An i-phone and a cash box were taken containing bookstore proceeds from Hamilton.

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