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Carmelites - restoring the monastery in Kensington

The Carmelite Nuns currently in residence in Canyon will be moving in to the monastery in Kensington.  The building, however, fell into disrepair and is in need of significant restoration before they will be able to move in.

If the Spirit has moved you to help the sisters move in to their new home and you would like to assist financially, here are some of the areas of specific need and the projected costs:

Painting exterior main building $30,000
Painting exterior novitiate $27,000
Wall repair exterior $7,000
Window repair main building $31,000
Window repair novitiate $17,000
Door repair main building $15,000
Door repair novitiate $4,000
Roofing repair main building $85,000
Roofing repair novitiate building $88,000
Gutter repair main building $5,000
Gutter repair novitiate building $2,000
! Interior painting $13,000
Interior wall repair $5,000
! Interior electircal repair $13,000
Foundation repair $45,000
! Telephone wiring & installation $8,000
! Interior ceiling repair $2,000
! Interior floor repair $30,000
Pews/kneelers public chapel $5,000
Restroom repair/refurbish  $10,000
! Smoke alarms/ fire extinguishers $4,500
! Altar screens (temporary) $1,000
! Cloister grill screens $1,000
! Safety signage $800
HVAC repair $15,000
! Guardhouse & gate repair $2,500
Old chauffer quarters demolition $23,000
Greenhouse repair/replace $3,000
Retaining wall repair $14,000
Fencing repair $2,000
Initial landscaping $4,000
Dumbwaiter repair $1,000
Replace doorknobs & handles $750
! Chimney insert install & cleaning $1,300
Replacing single-pane with Double-pane window (40) (35) $250

A special "Thank you" and "May God reward you" to our benefactors who have already pledged to cover the expenses for some of the items noted above (those that are 'lined through')!

In addition, the nuns are moving from a very small residence and are in need of some items in their newer, much bigger house!

! Stainless steel industrial refrigerator $4,000
! Stainless steel industrial freezer $6,000
ANSUL fire-suppression system for kitchen $7,000
24" laundry center for infirmary $1,500
! 6 burner range for kitchen $7,500
! 24" dishwasher with steam sanitizer $500
All-in-one kitchen combo $1,400
! Fridge-microwave combo for guestroom $600/
! Portable kitchen island (2) $500 each
! Undermount triple sink (2) $2,000 each
Undermount double sink $650
Mop basin & utility sink for laundry $1,500
! Top-loading high capacity washing machine $1,000
! High capacity clothes dryer $800
! Wall-grid & kitchen spice rack $600
! Guest room furnishings (3) $700
! Mother superior desk & furnishings $700
Tall bookshelves for library (10 9) $100 each
! Entry shelving & furniture $350

If you would like to donate for a specific item or simply to make a general offering to assist the nuns, we ask that you please make your check out as follows:

"Diocese of Oakland - Kensington Carmelites"

And mail it to the following address:

C/O Fr. Robert M. Herbst, OFM Conv - Chancellor
2121 Harrison Street, Suite 100
Oakland, CA     94612

Any questions can be addressed to the following e-mail address:  rherbst@oakdiocese.org