Monks, now homeless, look to future after wildfires destroy monastery

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c. 2008 Religion News Service SANTA BARBARA, Calif. _ For more than 60 years, Mount Calvary Monastery sat as a patch of holy ground high atop the Santa Barbara hills, home to seven Benedictine Anglican monks whose only jobs in life were prayer and welcoming pilgrims. Now, after one of the most devastating fires to […]

  • Larry Young

    I have a place in Rome City, IN these monks can use and it can support hundreds of their retreat guests. It is the place where the central Our Lady of America apparitions took place in 1956 and many guests claim wonderfully mystical things are still taking place.

    Take a look at the property at or call us at 260-854-3525. Nearly 200 acres with 190 guest rooms and 28 buildings. Fresh flowing mineral spring water is abundant. A refuge. I would enjoy the opportunity to speak with them or anyone else who is looking to do Our Lord’s work here on earth and help them reach out to the souls seeking direction.

    It’s not in California. That may be a good thing these days.

  • Janice Stolle

    The place at Rome City, Indiana is so beautiful, serene, peaceful and welcoming. If you are needing a place to restart, this is it. I traveled to Rome City last August 2007…a trip of a lifetime inspired by Our Blessed Mother. Check it out, call Mr. Young, you will not be disappointed.

  • Joseph and Mary Frese

    what address are you using for a donation.? this being
    Christmas Season and all, we would like to help you.

    Joseph & Mary

  • Kevin Eckstrom

    You can find information about the monks and how to help at:


  • I think God is calling them out of California. Come out of there my children shake the dust from your sandals, and don’t look back.

  • Carrie Blanchard

    I think God has given enough fair warning to those in California. These monks should heed that warning and move to more fertile grounds.

    I visited the website for the Indiana apparition site. I never knew anything about Our Lady of America before this. It certainly seems like a likely place for these monks to fluorish in an atmosphere of peace and love. The place looks awesome for a retreat center and if the apparitions have been approved it makes even more sense. The stories of healing and conversion coming out of this place are inspiring.

    Happy Thanksgiving! Make sure you take time to pray as a family during this holiday season.

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    Today the old church has been reduced to mission status with regular attendance from 12 – 15 on any given Sunday. The church is now virtually empty and the Diocese is asking neighboring parishes to help fund the utility costs.