Pope Francis has dedicated this year to men and women who live Consecrated Life, a more exacting form of Christian living, which we monks practice here at Saint Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo. In his apostolic letter to all consecrated people in the Year of Consecrated Life Pope Francis wrote, “You have not only a glorious history to remember and to recount, but also a great history still to be accomplished! Look to the future, where the Spirit is sending you in order to do even greater things” ( Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata No. 110).
Since we do have a glorious history, which spans centuries and remains a constant inspiration, we recognize the Holy Father’s exhortation as both fitting and challenging. For me and my brother monks, the challenging part is what still needs to be accomplished here at Valyermo—which has always necessitated your ongoing support and encouragement.
Your extraordinary generosity over the years has been integral to our capability to respond to the challenges of monastic life at the Abbey. You have helped us build, fix, and renovate our places of prayer, study, art, sustenance, rest and worship. Countless guests and visitors comment on how ‘beautiful the place looks’, which is due in large part to your dedication to our mission.
Still, I have concerns as I see monthly maintenance and utility bills pile up. I hear what needs repair and replacement, and worry about what we can’t afford to fix right now. As you can imagine there are numerous daily expenses which add up, all of which is why I am coming to you for help.
May I ask that you please take a moment to make a tax-deductible donation by clicking on the ‘donate’ button. Be assured that any amount you give will help support the Abbey’s operations in the coming year and will be deeply appreciated.
For this appeal, and for the first time, I am setting a goal: $100,000. I sincerely hope that with your help this goal will be reached before December 31, 2015.
Please be assured of our daily prayers for you and your loved ones, and of our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for helping us to “look to the future …in order to do even greater things.”
May God be glorified in all we do.
Abbot Damien Toilolo, O.S.B.
Please feel free to contact us for more information.
St. Andrew's Abbey, Inc. Development Office PO Box 40 Valyermo, CA 93563-0040
Phone: 661 944-8959 Fax: 661 944-1076
E-mail: email@example.com Physical Address; 31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA
The Monks of Valyermo are truly appreciative of your support. We pray for our generous benefactors and friends daily. You are welcome to join us in prayer. Please click on Horarium, to see daily schedule.
2015 Abbot's Appeal Update January 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
One of the most wonderful gifts of this past Christmas Season was your exceptional generosity in responding to the Abbot's Appeal for donations to the Abbey.
When I set the goal of $100,000, I was hopeful about reaching this amount by the end of December. I am so please to tell you that we not only reached our goal but exceeded it by more than $40,000!
Your thoughtfulness will help improve the operations of the Abbey in so many important and real ways...Because of you, we will more confidently continue God's work here in the high desert, offering a holy place for quiet rest and prayer for His people.
Be assured of our prayers for you throughout this Year of Mercy.
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