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"Monasteries prove that it really is possible for people to live together and strive to base every action on fraternal charity, on the love of God and his word, without trying to escape the realities of life, but
instead learning to embrace them."
In The Spirit of Happiness
Monks of New Skete
For generations, people have connected to monasteries. They sought out monasteries for the spiritual renewal that a retreat would provide them. People also found that in addition to their devotion to studies and prayer, the Monks and Nuns of the monasteries provided valuable services to those in their community; copying manuscripts, creating art, caring for the sick, the poor and offering hospitality to those just traveling through. Whether it was cooking, cleaning or laundry, there was no task beneath them. Always with mindful intent, they worked together to meet the needs of all. They stepped into unfamiliar roles such as looking after animals, growing and harvesting food, fishing, and building shelter. Each of these provided opportunities to learn and lighten the burden of others while ensuring the continuation, health and betterment of the entire community.
Monasteries have a crucial message to offer our culture.
The same basic needs of our communities still exist today, but how these needs are met has changed. In modern times, monasteries witness to how action and outreach has expanded to include new ways of reaching people made possible by technology. With today’s sophisticated communication and travel technology, communities don’t need to just be the people in your geographical area but can also be people from across town, the country, the world, and cyber space. These innovations create countless opportunities for people to learn, grow, prosper and do good work. However, to accomplish that, we can’t lose sight of the human factor behind all of it. More than ever we need to accept our responsibility to be compassionate, patient, and gracious to others, as well as ourselves. We must recognize and value the strengths and differences between us. Whether this means shoveling your next door neighbor’s driveway or facetiming a friend who needs a listening ear three thousand miles away, the time, talents and resources shared with others can also nurture our own mind, body and spirit.
With hope in our heart, we ask you to please consider a gift to benefit the Monks and Nuns of New Skete. This donation from you, In Honor or In Memory of those you love, will assist us as we continue to tend to those in need during these arduous times. Illustrated on the following page are some of the many ways your donation brings joy, hope and comfort to those in need. Click here to make your donation safely online.
We pray that God may bless you abundantly for your generosity of prayers, kindness, and friendship!
In Christ’s love,
Prior, Monks of New Skete
Prioress, Nuns of New Skete
We thank God each day that you, our friend, have chosen to bring and keep the Monks and Nuns and New Skete into your life. We are humbled by the many ways you enrich us and enable us to provide for you and many others.
· Welcomed guests: back to the Monks and Nuns for personal retreats.
· Invited four new candidates to New Skete to begin their journey into monastic life.
· Commemorated our annual Pilgrimage with an esteemed presenter, virtually “Zooming” information to more than 100 people across the country.
· Offered personal Spiritual Direction both virtual and in-person, to those who continue to seek and further their relationship with God.
· Initiated long needed renovation plans to the Monks living space to insure a safe, healthy environment for many years to come.
· Blessed dozens of pets and their humans under a beautiful, autumn sky.
· Hosted two, 5-day E-Collar: workshops, which brought dozens of beginners and experts alike to learn “The Art of Training Your Dog.”
· Released a new book by the Monks, along with Marc Goldberg, “The Art of Training Your Dog: How to Gently Teach Good Behavior Using an E-Collar”
· Strengthen our resolve as we repair the extensive damage from the lightning strike at the Nun’s monastery to enable us to get back to serving those who come to us in need.
· Newsletters: continued to provide online stories, insight, updates, and diversions.
· Crafted cheesecakes for people all over the country to enjoy or to gift to families and friends afar. (Including seasonal flavors).
· Delighted in the privilege of training dogs from people entrusting us with their canine family member.
· Whelped German Shepherd puppies and matched them with their forever families.
· Maintained existing and created new hiking trails: for monastics, guests, and visitors who enjoy hiking.
· Trimmed tree canopies and foliage throughout the New Skete property allowing more air and light for healthier growth for years to come.
· Continued grading of the road to allow for wider, brighter, safer passage specifically on the one mile road from Emmaus House to the Puppy Kennel.
· Shared our resources, as we were able, in the fight against food insecurities that many in our local communities are experiencing.
· Completed a new area of the Nuns’ bakery: to allow for more efficient cheesecake packing and shipping.
Monetary donations are the simplest way to support New Skete and can be used immediately for our current needs. Gifts may be made by personal check, cashier's check, money order, cash (not recommended by mail) or click on the Donate button below to quickly and safely donate with your credit card. We are a 501[c3] organization and all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Some individuals choose to make the monastics recipients of part of their tithes on a regular basis, either weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually. All gifts are promptly acknowledged and you may choose to remain anonymous with your contribution.
Checks may be mailed to:
New Skete Monasteries
PO Box 128
Cambridge, NY 12816
Nuns of New Skete
343 Ashgrove Rd
Cambridge, NY 12816
518-677-3928 ext 214
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Often times our donors prefer to support us by donating tangible items. Please contact us
concerning our policy of accepting in-kind gifts.
A gift to New Skete is a wonderful way to honor a loved one on a special occasion or to memorialize a loved one as a celebration of their life. A card notifying the honored or the family of the deceased will be sent upon receipt of your memory/honor gift. The amount of your gift will not be disclosed.
To make a memory/honor gift, please include:
• The name of the person being honored or memorialized.
• The contact information for the person to whom you would like a notification to be sent.
Please remember us when making or revising your will. Your generosity means leaving a lasting legacy with New Skete. Often, a bequest can be arranged with a simple legal amendment to your existing will. Your attorney can help with specific wording that reflects your desires.
Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds may be transferred to New Skete Monasteries. Check with your financial advisors [attorney, accountant, etc.] to learn more about the tax advantages for you and your family.
Life insurance policies, whether paid up or by naming New Skete as beneficiary on a new policy, may be donated. Check with your financial advisor for tax advantages.
Naming New Skete as a beneficiary of a portion of your retirement assets [IRA’s, 401K’s, etc.] isanother wonderful way to provide support for us and our future. Donating retirement assets may provide tax benefits, such as avoiding estate and income taxes that might otherwise be due if the assets were left to your heirs.
A charitable remainder trust is a special tax-exempt entity and irrevocable. Charitable remainder trusts are an arrangement in which cash, appreciated securities or real estate are donated to us, but the donor (also called the grantor) continues to use the property and/or receive income from it while living. The beneficiaries receive the income and we receive the principal after a specified period of time. The donor avoids any capital gains tax on the donated assets, and also receives an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the remainder interest that the trust earned. In addition, the asset is removed from the estate, reducing subsequent estate taxes.
Upon termination of a charitable remainder trust, the remaining assets support New Skete.
*As with any estate planning decision, consult your legal, financial and tax advisors for advice and information on applicable state and federal laws.
New Skete Monasteries invite your support and participation in our ministries. We seek creative ways to share our lives with others and help to insure the future of our monastic community. You are always welcome
to join with us in:
~ Liturgical services:
~ Pre-sanctified Liturgy followed by soup meal on Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent; morning Matins, evening Vespers, Saturday evening Vigil, Sunday morning Divine Liturgy followed by coffee hour; special Feast Day services throughout the year
~ Group, Individual Directed or Private Retreat
~ Open House / Cambridge Balloon Festival in June
~ Annual Pilgrimage at the Feast of Transfiguration in August
~ Mission Sunday meal on Palm Sunday evening
There are many ways to share in our lives; donations of your time, skills or talent or by helping us with various chores at the monasteries, is a gift we truly appreciate. We especially need help with cleaning and maintenance of the Holy Wisdom Church, as well as Spring and Fall clean-up of our grounds and gardens.
For more information on volunteering at New Skete Monasteries please email email@example.com
Support New Skete by telling others about our community and invite your friends and family to visit our monasteries, sample our hospitality and share in our life and mission
Please contact New Skete Director of Advancement and Stewardship, Karen Gladstone at 518-677-3928 x214 or firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions regarding ways to support New Skete.
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