I have received email that wildfires are near the St John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale, Washington and that the nuns may have been evacuated. I am not sure of the accuracy of the info at this time. But thought I should let my readers know so they can offer prayers for all those who live in the area, and for the firefighters. If any readers have more info please contact me so I can update the post.
Goldendale Sentinel Article with picture of the nuns.
Update Thurs am Feast of St Adrian and Natalia, St Adrian of Ondrusov: From what I have heard and hope it is accurate: There has been significant forest damage and the fire has swept thru much of the area, including the Monastery. I have been told the Monastery buildings were saved. (the nuns were evacuated see comments for more info) From what I have heard only 1 home has been lost thanks to the courage and endurance of the firefighters and locals working together. Please see the comments section for first hand info courtesy of Officer Dave.
Update Thursday evening: Here are some articles of interest. Thank you again to Officer Dave for updates please see comments. From what I have gathered none of the Orthodox Community lost homes, but 9 homes have been lost in the area. Glory to God it was not worse. Hopefully I will have more info tomorrow.
Friday update: According to Mr Lewis the Nuns are back at home. Fema is involved, and the fires are still being fought. Please see his comments in the comments section. FRI Night Update: Fires around the Monastery are mostly out and things are looking better in that area. No structural damage to the Monastery or Fr Michaels or Fr Josephs homes. Please see the latest comments from Mr Stafford who was there the last two days helping to fight the fires. And a large thank you to Mr Stafford for your efforts fighting the fire and keeping us informed.
Sat Night update: Latest video from the Monastery Builders Website. The video was shot over three days and ends with the nuns praying the Paraklesis to the Holy Theotokos and a shot of where the fire stopped by the Monastery cemetary crosses. Please see the updates in comments section from people in the area. Do not plan to go to help without calling the Monastery First. ( A Large and Sincere Thanks to all those who have commented and have been kind enough to share with all of us in the NW what is going on)
The Monastery has a yearly Benefit Dinner and auction. It will take place Oct 9th in the Dalles this year. I will be posting the flyer later this month. But for all those who are interested attatched is a PDF of the flyer so you can start planning. More info can be found on the Monastery Builders website. Monastery Benefit Full SheetFlyer