Work has completed outside main dorm to water proof walls, repair plumbing lines, unblock drainage areas. We had had some heave rainfall the past week and we were glad to see that we were not flooded with water coming in. Hopefully this issues of water coing inot the basement has been resolved and we can begin to prepare to having areas fixed around lower store.
Beginning of Work to Fix Floors in Basement of Monastery Dorm
There has been extensive damage due to water entering the basement of the Monastery Dorm. Two weeks ago a few trees were removed outside the monastery dorm and the area were water was coming through was dug out and the wall repaired of cracks and waterproofed. This work will continue during the winter.
For the past couple of year the exhaust system for the cathedral was not working. A couple of weeks ago all the necessary repairs were made and old exhaust fans were replaced with new ones and control system rewired.
Beginning in 2020, Bishop Luke has sponsored a property-wide bare-root seedling planting each spring, with this year's planting bringing up to 800 trees of different varieties planted around the property. 400 White Birch, 175 White Spruce, 50 White Pine, 50 Black Cherry, 50 Black Walnut, 50 American Elderberry, and 25 mixed stream buffer tree seedlings. In addition, this year a generous benefactor purchased 104 6yr old blue spruce to go around 3 sides of the new cemetery, in double rows, bringing the total planted to 904. Thanks again to the monastics, seminarians, and laymen who helped plant them and special thanks to the generous benefactor.
Repairs were made in the bell tower, replacing worn out ropes and fixing certain areas of the bell tower by a lay pilgrim with a background in electrical engineering who came to volunteer his services for a few days.