VINA, Calif.— A California abbey has been home to Cistercian monks since 1955, and it now houses a new chapel built of stones taken from a medieval Cistercian monastery in Spain.
“These stones have come home. ... We had a donor event last year because the scaffolding finally came down, and you can see the glory of this vaulted stone chapter house,” the abbot, Father Paul Mark Schwan, told Catholic News Agency Jan. 7.
“We sang our Cistercian ‘Salve’ at the conclusion of this event. That was the first time since 1835 that these stones had heard the chanting of, as it were, ‘their’ Cistercian monks,” he added.
“It was a very touching moment, not just for our monks, but for the guests...READ MORE