There is a springhouse on the Abbey grounds that has been converted into a chapel – we have chosen this building as an icon for a new ministry that we seek to develop. There is a constantly flowing spring that passes through the simple stone structure that originally supplied all the water for the property. Also, this continuous flow of fresh spring water provided natural cooling for perishable food before the advent of refrigeration.
The coronavirus crisis, and its social restrictions, propelled us to look for new ways to support the spiritual life of the local church. Since most people were prevented from coming to the Abbey, we decided to minister to the spiritual needs of others through social media. We are calling this ministry, “The Springhouse,” which we envision will provide seekers with a wellspring of virtual content to deepen their spiritual journeys and grow closer to their relationship with God. Emerging from a time of crisis and isolation, The Springhouse offers access to different presentations, series, and reflections that serve to maintain a connection to the living waters of faith that sustain us. Moreover, we would be able to reach many more people than would be able to come to the Abbey, even after the pandemic restrictions cease.