New Camaldoli Hermitage Relief Fund

$350,175 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 2,121 people in 20 months
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New Camaldoli Hermitage
for Camaldolese Hermits of America
 BIG SUR, CA
New Camaldoli Hermitage Needs Your Financial Support!


Dear friends:

The situation with the road has suddenly gotten very real.

Saturday, September 29, we finally received word that we had gotten expedited building review and full planning approval from the county to build the new access road. This has been a long, expensive, and tedious project involving geologists, engineers, soils experts and countless hours of meetings.

Two days later we got the estimate and contract from Chapin Construction who is ready to do the work, in two phases as recommended by the county. We are on their schedule, depending on dry weather, for October 15th. The shocker was that the cost of Phase I is already $1.2 million.

October 3, we had our first rains. We are never sure of these things, but predictions are for another El Niño this winter. This morning I walked our existing road and I fear that it will not survive another rainy season. Caltrans is still working on Paul’s Slide, which abuts our road, and, though they say it is not related, our road is still slipping. I saw several new cracks in the already damaged section.

Having already spent $300,000 of money we did not plan on spending for the road, this leaves the Hermitage in a sobering financial situation with very little cushion. And so along with our Capital Campaign we are reviving this GoFundMe page. If you are in a position to give a financial gift, please consider it, and help us keep this beautiful place of retreat and renewal open and accessible.

In hope, with thanks.

Fr. Cyprian, Prior


 
Please consider making a gift at this time either through this Go Fund Me page, or directly to the Hermitage (click here ).
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Dear friends:

The situation with the road has suddenly gotten very real.

Last Saturday, September 29, we finally received word that we had gotten expedited building review and full planning approval from the county to build the new access road. This has been a long, expensive, and tedious project involving geologists, engineers, soils experts and countless hours of meetings.

Two days later we got the estimate and contract from Chapin Construction who is ready to do the work, in two phases as recommended by the county. We are on their schedule, depending on dry weather, for October 15th. The shocker was that the cost of Phase I is already $1.2 million.

And yesterday, October 3, we had our first rains. We are never sure of these things, but predictions are for another El Niño this winter. This morning I walked our existing road and I fear that it will not survive another rainy season. Caltrans is still working on Paul’s Slide, which abuts our road, and, though they say it is not related, our road is still slipping. I saw several new cracks in the already damaged section.

Thus far we have not raised significant funds with the Capital Campaign, which means we are going to have to liquidate our investments, something we have not had to do in five years. Having already spent $300,000 of money we did not plan on spending for the road, this leaves us in a sobering financial situation with very little cushion.

If you are in a position to give a financial gift, please consider it. But equally important, if there are any leads you can give to Rick or Jill Gisselere or myself as to potential donors, now is the time, and please pass them on.

In hope, with thanks.

Fr. Cyprian, Prior
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Dear friends,

I suppose I am tired of hearing myself say it, but it is worth repeating anyway: what a challenging year this has been! Between the political turmoil in our own country, the natural disasters locally and all over the world, the threat of war and the menace of terrorism that continues to raise its ugly head, it has been a test of our faith and charity, and especially a test of our hope. But the Holy Father along with the Bishops’ Conference, basing themselves on the best of the social teaching of the Church, keep us from despair, believing that we can build a better world, that we can be light in the darkness, and that we can witness to the love of God by our unqualified love of each other and our neighbor, especially the poor, the outcast, the refugee, and all those most in need of mercy. So we head into this new calendar year sober, but also stronger, wiser and filled with joyful hope.

I thank you again, personally, for all the amazing support that you have shown me in my ministry as prior, and for all the kind care you shower on the brothers. We carry you in our grateful prayers and look forward to welcoming you back to New Camaldoli in the new year.

Cyprian

P.S. 2018 is our 60th anniversary, by the way, so watch for announcements about a big celebration in the summer.
Christmas at the Hermitage
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Local Poet Donates Ferrari to Help the Hermitage!

When a local poet heard that the Hermitage was in financial trouble, he decided to give us a gift.
Garrick Davis will donate the proceeds from the auction of his favorite car, a 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS.
The Ferrari is currently being auctioned on eBay.

"I wanted this to be an anonymous gift, but when Jill (Development Director for New Camaldoli Hermitage) told me how much money the monks required to get the road opened, I realized that other people would need to come forward and give generously as well. So we decided that a public donation might encourage Christians in the Monterey area to do likewise -- we must help these righteous men who protect us with their prayers and guide us by their example. Now is the time to sell something valuable and 'lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven' as the Scriptures tell us."

"We are hoping that a generous benefactor comes forward and loves the car. It is valued at over $70,000 but that's just its market value -- this is an opportunity for someone to help the monks greatly and to enjoy a very nice automobile."

Garrick hopes that other people follow his lead.

"What most people don't know is that the Hermitage gets no financial support from the Catholic Church. The monks are all on their own."

Garrick added: “The monastic order of the Camaldolese is very small, and very special. The monks in Big Sur are the last of an ancient tradition who live as a community of hermits, welcoming guests and working all while keeping to a very strict rule of life."

"I too have traveled the world like Pico Iyer, and I agree with him that New Camaldoli Hermitage is the most important place in the world. To wake up after midnight and walk into the chapel with the monks to celebrate the liturgy is transformative. I stayed there for two weeks for my 30th birthday and I have never forgotten the peace and joy I found there."

Garrick Davis is a poet and works at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington DC. He lived in Pebble Beach for seven years (1997-2004), where he taught English literature at Monterey Peninsula College and founded the Contemporary Poetry Review.

This is the same car featured in the 1980s TV show, Magnum P.I. with Tom Selleck. It is Classic Red with tan interior. It has only 44,000 miles on it.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1979-Ferrari-308-GTS/162781858430

The Hermitage is extremely grateful for this generous gift. Please share this great news!
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Please join us Sunday, November 12th, 2-5:00 pm for a Fall Open House and Holiday Boutique at
New Camaldoli Hermitage.

Your RSVP is appreciated.
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Jeanne Heller
19 months ago
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There is a contribution piece in the Los Angeles Times (March 6) by Pico Iyer, "Storms threaten their monastic way of life." Section A. It's well worth reading.

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Pamela M. Flynn
19 months ago
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Fr. Cyprian, We have been following this unfolding drama and praying with and for you until this amazing chapter in your lives is closed. What an amazing withness to trusting in God's Providence. Always thinking and praying for you and your fellow monks, brothers, staff and family. Pam

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Keith Toh
19 months ago
1
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Hi Maddie, I believe the fundraising is intended to relieve a very challenging finance situation at the Hermitage. The place has not been able to accept any visitors so it has lost $300K in income in the past few months. That means expenses are far outstripping income, which puts a severe strain on the solvency of the Hermitage (which is a non-profit religious organization). Without the road repaired the place cannot accept guests safely, which means further income loss which would further drain the financial resources of the community. That is why any support is welcome during this period of crushing financial difficulty. There are certainly other communities hit by bad weather both in California and elsewhere this winter, and all are deserving of prayer and support. (I don't work for the Hermitage btw, I'm just a supporter of their community and mission).

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Jeff Rogers
17 months ago

Thank you for the update. I'm happy to hear you're all well and holding steady. I'll be looking forward to the opening of access. I'd love to be there helping! God bless your hearts!

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Megan McGowan
19 months ago

Meant to also add the following... from the Lorica of St. Patrick: I arise today through God's strength to pilot me, God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to see before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me, God's host to secure me – against snares of devils, against temptations and vices, against inclinations of nature, against everyone who shall wish me ill, afar and anear, alone and in a crowd... Christ, be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Christ. May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

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Megan McGowan
19 months ago

My prayers are with you! I myself cannot afford a donation at this time, but I will certainly pass the word at my parish, St. Patrick's in Dallas, TX. I hope that this will bring forth a little more help for you. I will also ask St. Benedict and our Blessed Mother to pray with us, that you are showered with enough resources to repair your road and have all the supplies and food that you need to sustain the brothers and the work that you all do. May God bless you, and send His angels to protect and keep you .

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Jenn Guerra
19 months ago

Continued prayers and blessings for all that you need!

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Pamela Cady-Tarantino
19 months ago

Please leave address of Br. Emmanuel's location so we can visit him, please.

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Sandy Meinke
20 months ago

Greetings from Romeoville, Illinois. Was very sad to read about your current situation. I am spreading the word as best I can to people at St. Andrews in Romeoville and people in the "old neighborhood". I am hoping to get to Big Sur, California in November and was planning to visit your community. I have a sister that lives in San Diego and they have not been impacted by the rain as much as you have, but I worry about her and her family just the same. I know you are a survivor and will lead your community through this to be even stronger than ever! Sincerely, Sandy Prokopec Meinke

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Michael J Phillips
20 months ago

Dear Father Cyprian, I pray for the community's comfort and strength. I deeply believe God will see all of you through these devastating times. As I am poor as a church mouse I have nothing in financial means to give you. I worry about your food supply and I am praying that God will provide. Be strong and know that this too shall pass. Sending prayers and great respect. Your brother in love and service. Michael OM+

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$350,175 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 2,121 people in 20 months
Created February 20, 2017
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justin brent
8 hours ago

For the wonderful Camaldolese Monks in Big Sur

$88
Anonymous
15 hours ago
PT
$200
Pamela Tarantino
20 hours ago

$100 a month club pledge, paying it forward for Nov & Dec: BREAKTHROUGH Prayer: Ephesians 3: 20: Faithfully declaring God's exceedingly, abundantly, above-and-beyond increase for Hermitage needs!

$500
Anonymous
1 day ago
Jeanne Heller
19 months ago
3
3

There is a contribution piece in the Los Angeles Times (March 6) by Pico Iyer, "Storms threaten their monastic way of life." Section A. It's well worth reading.

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Pamela M. Flynn
19 months ago
1
1

Fr. Cyprian, We have been following this unfolding drama and praying with and for you until this amazing chapter in your lives is closed. What an amazing withness to trusting in God's Providence. Always thinking and praying for you and your fellow monks, brothers, staff and family. Pam

+ Read More
Keith Toh
19 months ago
1
1

Hi Maddie, I believe the fundraising is intended to relieve a very challenging finance situation at the Hermitage. The place has not been able to accept any visitors so it has lost $300K in income in the past few months. That means expenses are far outstripping income, which puts a severe strain on the solvency of the Hermitage (which is a non-profit religious organization). Without the road repaired the place cannot accept guests safely, which means further income loss which would further drain the financial resources of the community. That is why any support is welcome during this period of crushing financial difficulty. There are certainly other communities hit by bad weather both in California and elsewhere this winter, and all are deserving of prayer and support. (I don't work for the Hermitage btw, I'm just a supporter of their community and mission).

+ Read More
Jeff Rogers
17 months ago

Thank you for the update. I'm happy to hear you're all well and holding steady. I'll be looking forward to the opening of access. I'd love to be there helping! God bless your hearts!

+ Read More
Megan McGowan
19 months ago

Meant to also add the following... from the Lorica of St. Patrick: I arise today through God's strength to pilot me, God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to see before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me, God's host to secure me – against snares of devils, against temptations and vices, against inclinations of nature, against everyone who shall wish me ill, afar and anear, alone and in a crowd... Christ, be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Christ. May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

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Megan McGowan
19 months ago

My prayers are with you! I myself cannot afford a donation at this time, but I will certainly pass the word at my parish, St. Patrick's in Dallas, TX. I hope that this will bring forth a little more help for you. I will also ask St. Benedict and our Blessed Mother to pray with us, that you are showered with enough resources to repair your road and have all the supplies and food that you need to sustain the brothers and the work that you all do. May God bless you, and send His angels to protect and keep you .

+ Read More
Jenn Guerra
19 months ago

Continued prayers and blessings for all that you need!

+ Read More
Pamela Cady-Tarantino
19 months ago

Please leave address of Br. Emmanuel's location so we can visit him, please.

+ Read More
Sandy Meinke
20 months ago

Greetings from Romeoville, Illinois. Was very sad to read about your current situation. I am spreading the word as best I can to people at St. Andrews in Romeoville and people in the "old neighborhood". I am hoping to get to Big Sur, California in November and was planning to visit your community. I have a sister that lives in San Diego and they have not been impacted by the rain as much as you have, but I worry about her and her family just the same. I know you are a survivor and will lead your community through this to be even stronger than ever! Sincerely, Sandy Prokopec Meinke

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Michael J Phillips
20 months ago

Dear Father Cyprian, I pray for the community's comfort and strength. I deeply believe God will see all of you through these devastating times. As I am poor as a church mouse I have nothing in financial means to give you. I worry about your food supply and I am praying that God will provide. Be strong and know that this too shall pass. Sending prayers and great respect. Your brother in love and service. Michael OM+

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