Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, April 21, 2018

BETHLEHEM – The 38 nuns at the Abbey of Regina Laudis have launched a $4 million restoration initiative for their property at 273 Flanders Road.

The abbey will host a tag sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12 p.m. to raise money for its New Horizons Renovation Project. The tag sale will be held at the Jubilee Barn on the Abbey grounds. In case of rain, it will be held Nov. 18 and 19.

Sister Angele Arbib said that the $4 million building project, which will break ground in November, is necessary because the cloistered nuns have outgrown the former factory and adjacent buildings that have served for more than 60 years as the main monastic complex. New space is needed to welcome the women who are asking to enter religious life at Regina Laudis, as well as to adequately care for the aging members of the community, the Order of Saint Benedict of the Strict Observance, she said.

A new exhibit at the Art Shop is expected to attract potential donors who are interested in the history and the future of the abbey. Art Shop hours are 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4 p.m. The shop is closed Wednesdays.

To discuss a possible donation, contact Sister Angele at (203) 266-5132. To help with the fund-raising initiative, contact Mother Olivia-Francis Arnold at (203) 947-3565 or motheroliviafrances@gmail.com.

Sister Angele said the first project will be to bring a third floor dormitory in the main building into compliance with the fire code. Other renovations that will increase accessibility of the space for older nuns also will be undertaken.

The plans call for a two-phase renovation project that will be undertaken over the next five to 10 years.