The spiritual home to so many, and of the rector of this church, burned in the Tea Fire in Santa Barbara this week. This is a tragedy for many people. I thank Nativity parishioners and friends far and near for the personal support they have offered me. We continue to pray for the Mount Calvary Community and for the Order of the Holy Cross as they discern their immediate and long term future in Santa Barbara.
I offer these pictures as a partial memory of the place. Pictures of the fire can be found by searching the internet. I prefer these happier memories. As we know, the body of Christ is its people, and thanks be to God that all the brothers - Roy, Nick, Laurence, Will, Joseph, Tom, Rafael - and the staff, Nancy and Luis and others, were able to evacuate safely. And their presence and ministry at the sacred place which was Mount Calvary Monastery will live on in the hearts and minds of many people around the world.