Many years ago the monks found a place in Utah to built their monastery. In the middle of nowhere they also built their little Catholic church.
Yesterday I spent a few hours in this church. All by myself. There wasn’t anybody around. I prayed, photographed, thought and prayed again. There was a thought in the back of my mind why is nobody in the church, why I didn’t see the monks. It was strange and a little bit uncomfortable.
Huntsville monastery once was busy. Right now there are only ten monks. Two things religion can't control. Aging and new vocations. Father Brendan Freeman once stated that vocations are a gift from God and a gift cannot be coerced.
The monastery probably will die with the monks. And that is very, very sad.