Lewiston Evening Journal
07 April 1966
NEWBOSTON, N. H. (A.P) – Three Trappist priests, on leave from monasteries in Spencer,Mass., and Berryville,Va., have established a new monastery and guest house in an experiment to fit monastic life into a contemporary pattern.
The priests, excused from the strict observances of the Cistercian Order, are worging [sic] under the direction of their order but under the jurisdiction of Most. Rev. Ernest J. Primeau, Roman Catholic archbishop of Manchester.
The monastery is located on a 100-acre estate on a dirt road and was used as a summer home for many years.
The founders of the monastery are the Revs. James Schine of St.Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, and Paul Fitzgerald and Benedict Lohr of Our Lady of the Holy Cross, Berryville, Va.
A spokesman in the Manchester diocese said the experiment is an “attempt to interpret monastic life in contemporary terms,” in the spirit of renewal advanced by Pope John XXIII.
Father Fitzgerald said the three priest hope to support themselves by cabinet making, selling handicraft works and through the guest house.
No payment is required for staying at the guest house, capable of accommodating 11 persons, but donations are accepted. The guest house is open to Catholics.
The priests, Father Fitzgerald said, are not prohibited from talking as are some members of their order. They wear work or street clothes and are not restricted to the monastery grounds, he said.
Retreats are informal and unorganized, he said. The priests conduct religious services in a glassed-in porch at the main house and eventually plan to build another chapel in a barn.
The property also includes a small cottage and a garage which has been outfitted as a wood-working shop.