ST. NAZIANZ – The walls of Holy Resurrection Monastery hold decades of history.continue at MHT
But as that history accumulates, the building continues to deteriorate.
The Eastern Catholic community of monks, which moved to the St. Nazianz property from the Mojave Desert in California, is trying to raise about $140,000 for renovations to their home.
"There was a little damage before we came here three years ago, but it's progressed," said Abbot Nicholas Zachariadis, elected leader of the community, which practices traditional Byzantine monasticism. "It needs to be repaired quickly, otherwise the damage will just get worse and worse to this wonderful, historical building."
Built in separate sections beginning in the 1860s, the building was used as an orphanage and hospital until 1895 when it was converted into a convent.
St. Nazianz was founded in 1854 as a Catholic utopian community by Fr. Ambrose Oschwald, who traveled to Wisconsin from Germany with a small group of settlers. The village was named after St. Gregory of Nazianzus.
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