It is very simple, really. To found the first Orthodox Monastery in the Celtic Isles of Scotland in over a millennium, we need everyone’s help – that includes you, as well, no matter how insignificant your help may seem.
So far, we own the church and we have raised the funds to buy five acres of land around it. This summer (2016) we shall repair the roof of our 1755 church and make this listed monument waterproof and windproof again.
All that is left is to raise the money to build a small monastic house, so we may have a place to live. The aim is to built it in the summer of 2018.
If you have read so far, please consider making a donation. We know that it represents more than just money. It is your sacrifice – of time, hard work and love – for God, for this monastery and the wonderful Saints the Hebrides have given us. May God bless you for your love.
A Monastery is not a single man’s creation. A Monastery is founded on the love and sacrifice of countless people – people who have never met and may never know each other, but who are forever remembered together in the prayers of that monastery. Poor and wealthy, healthy and sick, virtuous and sinful: people who would never otherwise interact with each other create together this miracle: a place of prayer, a place through which love and hope is poured into the world.
A long time ago, you could have helped by coming over and giving a hand at the actual process of building the monastic cells, repairing the roof, cleaning the ground, digging the septic tank or the water system, by cooking or washing and so on. Today though, most of us are professionals, working in offices and only being able to help by making a donation. But that is just as good: we know (and God definitely knows it!) that your donation, your money doesn’t just fall from the sky. That donation comes from hard-work, long hours in your office, patience, sacrifice and, above all, love.
When you make a donation, you donate more than just money, you give us and this monastery the fruit of all those long hours of work, you sacrifice to God and to this monastery that part of your time (that part of your life) which you spent working in order to make that money. And for that sacrifice, we thank you. For that sacrifice, we pray that God blesses you and all those you carry in your heart. May He repay you when you need it most.