During Holy Week, two serious landslides developed on the Holy Cross Hermitage property in Wayne, WV: one underneath the guesthouse, and another on the main road across from St. John’s House. This latter slide threatens not only the entrance road itself, but also all of the monastery utility lines. The diameter of this slide is approximately 180 feet.
Monks began making stop-gap repairs to stabilize the guesthouse immediately during Holy Week, and also contacted the utility companies to request the move of as many of the utility lines as possible to the other side of the road (one utility pole carrying the electrical and telecommunications lines had begun to lean into the ravine, and was pulling the connections away from the adjacent building).
Since Pascha, the monastery has hired professionals to repair the hillside underneath the guesthouse. Work is progressing well, but there is still a long way to go.
However, it has proved much more difficult to accurately diagnose and engineer a solution for the slide affecting the main road. The monastery engineer has recently completed a revised proposal, and the monks are now ready to move forward on that job. God willing, they will be able to save the remaining utilities, as well as effect repairs to the damaged septic line.
The monastery estimate for both projects currently stands at around $175,000. If you are willing and able to make a donation of any size to help the monastery complete these urgent repairs, the brethren would be extremely grateful. Checks may be sent to the address below.
Thank you for your support and your prayers!
Hermitage of the Holy Cross
Attn: Landslide Repairs
505 Holy Cross Road
Wayne, WV 25570