Since the end of 2017 there have been several building projects and improvements at the monastery at the MOP Flores Mission, in Labuan Bajo. Let’s start off with some drainage work being done for the apostolate buildings at the rear of the monastery land. These drains were quite an engineering feat being built the full length of the property and sloping just at the appropriate angle to channel water from the back of the property all the way to the front drain on the roadside. This was followed with the concreting of the major paths on the property; some landing strip-style painting of the driveways, including the painting of garden edges and the main grotto; building two medicine cabinets; and new MOP decals for the van.

Most importantly 2018 saw the commencement of the building of a chapel which we have featured significantly in this post. The chapel is a much-welcomed addition to the monastery (after eight years) and, in addition, features a multipurpose room at the back of the chapel that will be used for teaching local children English and catechesis. Its completion date is expected to be either November or December this year.

That’s the building update. Next post we will feature the sad departure from the mission of our good friend Br Nerlito Dioneda Jr, who after eight years at the Flores mission, has been posted to the MOP mother house in Jamaica. We will really miss him, but we will speak more about this in the next post.

Once again, blessings to all

See you next time

Trevor and Tina

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