Monastery on Mull earns cash back­ing

The Oban Times - - News - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

A PLEA for cash to sup­port the pur­chase of a monas­tic house on the Ross of Mull has al­ready had world­wide sup­port.

A group called the Ortho­dox Monastery of All Celtic Saints has pur­chased Oran-na-Mara (Song of the Sea) near Bunes­san on Mull to es­tab­lish a pres­ence on the is­land while they con­vert an an­cient church at the other side of the is­land.

A spokesman for the Ortho­dox Monastery of All Celtic Saints said: ‘Buy­ing Oran-na-Mara will al­low us to move to the is­land and fi­nally restart.

‘It will also take away the pres­sure con­cern­ing build­ing at Kil­ninian – although a monas­tic com­mu­nity on the his­tor­i­cal site of the an­cient Celtic monastery re­mains our pri­or­ity and spir­i­tual duty to the Celtic Saints. We can now achieve this aim in time, as we slowly raise the nec­es­sary funds.

‘Oran-na-Mara is large enough to func­tion as a tem­po­rary monas­tic house for the first few years, un­til we ob­tain all the funds and build­ing per­mits we need to build in the na­tional her­itage area at Kil­ninian.

‘We do not want to hurry. Kil­ninian is a trea­sure, and we want to make sure that the new build­ing not only safe­guards the fu­ture of this trea­sure, but also en­hances its cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal value.

‘ We have al­ready in­vested large amounts in re­pair­ing and restor­ing Kil­ninian, so it may be pre­served for the next gen­er­a­tion.

‘It is only nat­u­ral to do our ab­so­lute best to also en­sure that the new build­ing fits per­fectly with the lo­cal ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage.

‘That takes time and money, and hav­ing Oran-na-Mara takes both those pres­sures away.

‘In time, God will pro­vide both the donors and the best pos­si­ble build­ing plan.’

The Ortho­dox Monastery of All Celtic Saints on Mull.

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