October 23, 2007

No fire in the vicinity of monastery so far.

We are in San Diego County. We are safe for the moment. We have even provided rooms in our guesthouse to about a dozen persons who fled fires further inland. The monastery is two miles from the ocean.

Our danger is that brush-filled canyons constitute the western and eastern borders of our property. If a fire starts down inside one of them, it would race uphill to the monastery.


Blogger Thursday said...

I'm saying a prayer tonight for the safety of your monastery., and for the folks who are taking refuge there. I've never been in a fire but I've seen my share of natural disasters and I know how hard it can seem to pick ourselves up after losing so much. I hope that doesn't happen to the folks there but if it does I pray the Lord keep their spirits up and comfort them through their pain.

as a side note I want to thank you personally Father Stephanos, you might not remember me because back then I posted under a different name but thanks to your advice and through your example you've emboldened me to open myself up to religious life without fear. I just wanted to thank you.

Take Care and God Bless,

8:06 PM  
Blogger gemoftheocean said...

Thanks for the update, I was wondering how you were fairing up there. I was relieved so much today that the winds were lessened. Overall you guys do a pretty good job of keeping trees etc. from most of your buildings. But still. I'm glad much of your place is constructed with concrete block.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Fr. Peter said...

May God protect you!

3:35 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Dear "Thursday":
Thank you. God bless you.

Dear "Gem of the Ocean":
Not only are the majority of our buildings concrete block, but the majority of our roofs are ceramic tile.

Fr. Peter, thank you!

8:34 AM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

Hey there Father!

Our Pastor composed (Compiled?) A litany for you folks, invoking all the saints under whose patronage a mission was started.

The Queen of the House and I said it tonight, and it'll get repeated until the fires are out and people know where they stand.

It's getting distributed in the parish church.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Laura The Crazy Mama said...

I hope you will all be safe and your guests will go home to find everything the way they left it! I will pray for you all!

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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God bless, I will keep you all in my prayers.


1:25 AM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

Best wishes, Fr. Stephanos. I hope you will all be find.

6:29 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Dear "ignorant redneck"! You have a creative pastor. I am impressed and edified that he would have thought of invoking specifically the saints of the California missions.

To all my visitors: Thank you very much!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Dr. Peter H. Wright said...


Your post has only recently appeared on English blogs.

I am very sorry to read of the deaths and destruction wrought by the fires.

God keep you and your confreres safe.

3:05 PM  

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