HOLY TRINITY MONASTERY IN JORDANVILLE: WARMTH IN THE MIDST OF THE COLD NEW YORK WINTER
January 15, 2014
At 5 a.m. Brother Lev began to clear the snow off the path to the church – there was just enough time to do it before Liturgy. It was -4°F, and an icy wind was stinging his face. He was frozen to the marrow and was having comforting thoughts about there being just enough time to warm himself in his cell before the service. However, when he got back to his cell the radiator was cold; the old furnaces were not always able to cope with the cold New York winters, but Holy Trinity Monastery did not have the money to repair them. "The monks and visitors complain that it is very cold in some of the rooms. We need to resolve this issue, but at the same time we need to stop using these dangerous radiators in the rooms," says Archimandrite Luke, the monastery's abbot. "We recently replaced the boilers in the basement. Now we need to replace the old pipes and renovate the building so that all the floors are at the same temperature. This is a huge problem for us at present."
Holy Trinity Monastery has never been wealthy in a worldly sense. The monastery was founded in 1930, and its buildings were built on the immigrants' very scanty means and from the cheapest materials. It has been almost 90 years, and the buildings and pipelines have fallen into serious disrepair. The monks repaired the damages and patched the holes as best they could, and carried on with their main task: to pray for their fellow Christians and for the whole world.
Thanks to a successful campaign launched by the fund, we collected around $105,000 for the monastery. Consequently, the monastery's resources, which would have gone towards medical insurance, food, and other needs of the monastery and its inhabitants, were spent on the urgently needed repairs. The monks and seminarians are now provided with such essentials as electricity, heating, and hot water.
This warmth provided to the monastery brethren is due to the generosity of our donors, and the brethren pray earnestly for them at every Liturgy. May the Lord bless you for your generosity!
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