Forwarded by Angelos Stanway:
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
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