Final Post – Visits to “Bandelier National Monument” and “Christ in the Desert” Monastery

Sorry for the delay in making this final post of my sabbatical but our plans to visit Bandelier Monument were delayed and I wanted to include my visit to Christ in the Desert Monastery. We have all been busy getting ready to leave by cleaning up Sangre Center, mailing packages home and packing.

My sabbatical has been a wonderful opportunity for prayer, study and priestly renewal. I have made some wonderful friends and look forward to keeping in touch with them. But it is now time to leave Sangre and return to my life at St. Brigid’s in Westbury where I have been serving as a parish priest for the past 2 1/2 years.

Please enjoy these last photos.

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Pueblo ruins at Bandelier

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The “Long House” at Bandelier. The holes in the mountain wall indicate where the wooden posts jotted out that formed the platform for the roof of the pueblo building.

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Front entrance of the chapel at Christ in the Desert Monastery

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Fr. Ron MacDonell and I pose for a picture by Christ in the Desert Monastery

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Beautiful Mural of Christ in the guest area of the Monastery

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View near Christ in the Desert Monastery

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View leaving Christ in the Desert Monastery.

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