Today marks the 75th anniversary of our monastery\’s establishment here in Lufkin! We had big plans for today: a Mass with numerous concelebrants, a reception, visits, souvenirs…but all that went by the wayside when COVID-19 came along. We hope to reschedule these events later, but for now our celebration has been scaled back a lot. Nevertheless, we are still celebrating!
We published a long and informative article on the history of our monastery in the latest issue of our newsletter, \”Monastery Bells\”. If you don\’t receive the Bells, you can read it here.
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We also want to share just a few pictures that didn\’t appear in the Bells:
This is another view of the first incarnation of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus. Note the statue of the Infant Jesus in front! We still have this statue in our infirmary yard. In 1945, the Monastery was right on Lotus Lane, instead of up the hill as it is today.
This photo was actually taken in the late 1940s, but it shows the growth the Monastery experienced in a short amount of time.
The sign on Lotus Lane directing visitors where to turn onto the access road to reach our Monastery today.
Part of the front of the Monastery today.
And finally–another version of our latest community picture!
We give joyful thanks to God for the past 75 years, and pray we will be here for many years to come!