Project 3288: Renovation of a building for a new guesthouse
Benedictine nuns of Zarnowiec (Poland)
The monastery of Zarnowiec was founded in the middle of the 13th century by the Cistercian abbey of Oliwa. In 1948, after many vicissitudes linked to the history of the country (wars, looting, dissolution...), twelve Benedictine nuns from the Vilnius Abbey settled in the then abandoned monastery. The sisters developed farm work and also pastoral activities (catechism, artistic activities...).
Today, the community is composed of fourteen sisters.
The sisters continue to work on the farm, although they have reduced this activity a little: raising cows and pigs, cultivating fields and orchards. They produce potatoes, cereals and vegetables. They also have an iconography workshop, make cards and paint candles.
More and more people ask to stay at the monastery guesthouse. The sisters welcome groups and individuals. Since 2017, the sisters have been organising retreat weekends which they preach themselves.
The old outbuildings of the farm, now unused, are very run down. All the buildings (farmhouse and monastery) are classified as historical monuments. The Provincial Conservator has given his approval for the reorientation of the activity of these outbuildings so that they can be renovated and used.
Renovation/reconstruction work has already begun and will be spread over several years, both on the exterior and the interior of the buildings, with a view to making them suitable for the reception of visitors: rooms, especially for people with physical disabilities, visiting rooms, oratory, etc.
This year, the work concerns the old stable: draining of the foundations, insulation of the walls.
Financial support requested: €10,000.