Dear Friends of the Abbey,
We want to inform our friends and benefactors of some
very good news!
We, the abbot and monks of Holy Trinity Abbey, have
reconsidered our options for building a new monastery
complex that is to replace the aging,
increasingly--decrepit temporary Quonset-hut building
which has served us as a dwelling-place since shortly
after the establishment of our monastery in 1947.
Our new option is this: to proceed with construction
in two separate phases rather than attempting to build
everything at once, and to use our own funds for Phase
This revision in plans and consequent reduction in
costs will enable us to fund Phase One almost entirely
with our own revenues, slowly earned and carefully
saved over a period of almost sixty years. These
revenues were originally earmarked for various
purposes (such as health care needs) which
providentially have become less urgent than originally
These funds will enable us to begin and complete the
construction of twenty-four monks’ rooms, eight
guest/retreat rooms, a temporary church (later to be
used as a chapter house), a library, kitchen, dining
area, and other essential elements.
Though providing only half the buildings of our
original master plan, these components will enable the
entire monastic community, together with a modest
number of guests, to move at the same time into the
new facility, hopefully by late 2006.
The funding of Phase One does not eliminate our need
for financial assistance. Unforeseen expenses can
arise in any building program, even in one as
well-programmed and managed as ours. Furthermore,
Phase Two (which includes the construction of a
permanent church, additional guest/retreat rooms, a
welcome center and gift shop, plus subsidiary items
such as roads, workshops, and proper landscaping)
remains as yet unfunded.
In conclusion, we want to thank our many friends who
have participated up to now in our capital campaign
for the construction of a new monastery building
complex, and we continue to welcome the spiritual and
financial involvement of all interested parties as we
endeavor to maintain our Trappist-Cistercian monastic
presence in the State of Utah. We are in fact the
only male Catholic monastic community in the entire
Great Basin area of the inter-mountain West, a region
almost as large as Spain or France!
With deep gratitude,
Abbot Casimir Bernas, o.c.s.o.