The Master Plan


The Process

As we have discovered, addressing these short- and long-term needs for renewal is a daunting task. But embrace it we must. Just as our Founders faced the challenges and difficulties of their day to build this holy place, we too, in looking toward our future, embark on a similar process that is a part of our community's journey of faith. And so, our community initiated the search for a 'Master Plan' that will evaluate and outline a strategy to address these challenges that will take us into the future. The uniting of the minds and hearts of the community urged us to proceed with a plan of action. We then obtained the help of a group of architects, to help us form a Master Plan. These professionals, who are trained in design, planning, and facilitating, brought experience and specialized knowledge to the mix.

Developing a Master Plan

It is an amazing experience to witness the community dynamics of such a process and to witness how the many pieces of a seemingly complex puzzle come together for a Master Plan. However, it becomes clear from this experience that developing a Master Plan creates a vision that is supported by our monastic policies, guidelines, and priorities. In effect, it encompasses a strategic plan, the first step of distinguishing the fundamental goals and overall visions of our monastic life that will guide the development and evolution of all initiatives. With these guidelines in place such a concept will also find support with our friends and supporters who will recognize the convincing marriage between "form and function" - in this case specifically "monastic" function. We are grateful to God who has guided our community in this process and the generous help of our teams of architects and business advisors.

A Season of Renewal

Read an in-depth article written by Gretchen Keiser, Staff Writer for the Georgia Bulletin
'A Season of Renewal' Monks Craft Master Plan To Sustain Community

Trappist Monks Invite Public To Help Renewal Campaign
GRETCHEN KEISER, Staff Writer - Georgia Bulletin