The renovations we began some time ago in the novitiate are finally done! All the furniture has been moved in, and sisters are living there again. Here's a look at some of the major improvements which have been completed:
Just for comparison...This is the old floor!
The beautiful new floor! It's basically white with flecks of brown. This floor is found throughout the novitiate now (instead of the eclectic mixture of original and patched tiles) A tremendous improvement!
Earlier this year (during Lent, to be precise), the novitiate sisters embarked on a project: make some new Stations of the Cross for our novitiate oratory. Our former set of Stations was getting a little faded and needed some updating. So all during Lent the novitiate sisters sanded, varnished and glued together crosses made of cedar wood (using wood left over from another project--and our workmen cut the pieces out for us using a saw), and finally attached the pictures for the Stations. They finished up right before Easter, which was most appropriate! We are bringing you the completed project now because the wall where the Stations hang was recently repainted and new lighting fixtures were installed.