We may have found the buildings that will become our monastery. Let me tell you about it, and show off some pictures I took today. You will notice that the weather is incredible - clear sunshine on damp green grass. Just love it!!!!
We went out to see an old church and manse that was taken off the market recently due to lack of interest. There was a rainbow on the way out there to get our attention. This is the inside of the old church. The owner wanted to restore it back to a church again but never got around to it. We think it could be an excellent monastery - new media center, publishing, crafts, teaching, prayer and worship, brewing, etc. There is also a lot of land around it that could easily be rented from a farmer for animals. There is also a manse on the property . . . It needs some work, but would be great for accomodation, hospitality, feeding pilgrims, etc. The area is rich in pilgrimage sites . . . Just over a mile away is an old Celtic Pilgrimage site called the Brough of Birsay. You can see the remains of the chapel on the right. Its possible that St. Magnus was trained by the monks in the monastery here back in the 12th century. The sign says that the pilgrims stopped coming here a few centuries ago. Maybe its about time to open it up again and begin to pray into it???? You can get to the Brough by walking on the path (submerged but visible in the picture) at low tide. It would be a fantastic prayer walk each day Down the road, a few miles south, is EynHallow (Holy Island), another famous Celtic pilgrimage site. You have to take a boat out to this one. So, I am trying to contact the owner who is in Australia. He was asking £168k, but then it didnt sell at that price so he might be flexible. We actually don't have any money right now, so i hope he is REALLY flexible, or REALLY patient. Either way, we would appreciate prayers . . .