"It seems strange to say, but what can help modern man find the answers to his own mystery and the mystery of him in whose image he is created, is silence, solitude -- in a word, the desert. Modern man needs these things more than the hermits of old." Catherine Doherty

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Insulation overhaul

As winter leaves and the last snow falls, we head out of mud season into spring. 

In order to stem the massive heat loss of these old buildings, a major insulation overhaul of the main house and soon the Church has begun.

The epic project has been masterminded by Barrett Adams, owner and operator of Northeast Building and Remodeling 
in Lyndonville VT.

After crawling through every knee wall, loft space and basement, using infrared readings and hands on inspection; Barrett was able to assess our heat loss and develop a plan to use a number of types of  to tighten up this giant A-frame which functioned like a convection oven, pushing heat right out the top of the structure. Coordinating this project was almost as time consuming as the actual work, but Barrett is a perfectionist who handled all the logistics with a commitment to customer service, a tireless work ethic and a expertise unmatched in the area.

Old damp dirty ineffective insulation had to be removed to make way for the foaming of cracks, the cellulose pump-in and then the foam, in all knee walls, attic space and crawl spaces, 
plus basement rooms.

Given the dimensions of the main house, this was no small task to perform let alone devise!

Already the heat savings are substantial and the small army of workers push ahead to finish.

This will provide a great monetary savings and warmer pilgrims in winters to come.

Stay tuned for more info on Divine Mercy Weekend at the 
National Shrine in Stockbridge, MA..,we went to last week.

Till then, 

Pax et Bonum 

The Mary Theotokos Center in Newark VT.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter, Christ has RISEN!

Happy Easter to everyone!

We had a great Easter week, surrounded by by family all the way from Baltimore and Pennsylvania.

Everyone arrived early Thursday morning at 4 AM after driving twelve hours.

The next day they unloaded!

With all this family there was always wonderful meals with lots of help and lots of laughs.

There was of course time for the Divine Mercy chaplet and Sorrowful Rosary at 3 pm on Friday as well as Feet Washing the night before on Holy Thursday.

Even with the snow flurries and sleet there was time for an Easter Egg hunt and fishing!

The love and joy of family on Easter,

what a blessing.

nunc autem Christus resurrexit!

Happy Easter from

The Mary Theotokos Monastic Center

Monday, April 7, 2014


As spring comes we find out our old 4 x 4 farm truck is
down for the count. 

We really need a 4 wheel drive utility vehicle to maneuver the endless amounts of trails and logging roads as we work the property for hermitages, prayer trails, up keep and security of these 
375 remote wilderness acres.

Some sort of vehicle like this:

Even an old beat up but mechanically sound Jeep that could handle some real off road expeditions. We won’t be going over speeds of 25 and some mountain roads are steep coming down. Lights, radio, doors, roof and other similar luxuries are all not important, cosmetically it can be ugly. As long as it could carry two people, have good brakes, start and stop and carry building tools and supplies, fencing, lumber etc to remote areas as well as moving feed and hay to animals now that the truck has given up the ghost.
So, since we have had some requests about needs here. 
I am posting this request.

Thanks for giving it some thought.