What was once a pilgrims' rest and retreat house has been on sabbatical for the last ten years, waiting on God's purpose to be revealed for its future.
During this decade, Migliara has experienced two earthquakes and one freak hurricane which destroyed most of her mature trees, among them a 600 year-old oak. From the sorrow of this loss, new beauty has begun to emerge with insights into the gifts of living contemplatively and quietly with and in nature. Dying to what was to become alive, to what is and what then is to come, has been the ongoing process.
The first step to a new creation, is the restoration of the 800-year old chapel building, in praise and thanksgiving to God the Creator for the place
Gentle Light at Sunsetitself and all the revelations and miracles that have happened to hundreds of people who have visited over the years. A century ago Mass had been celebrated in this stone dwelling, then sheep made it their home, and from Migliara's purchase in l993, it has stood empty but very much a central part of the landscape.
Now it has reinforced walls with roof work being completed, and a stone arch made to house a large stained glass window presently being designed by
Protecting the PeaceSister Elena Manganelli, an outstandingly talented sculptress. Click on Lucinda's Page to read more about how the sisters of the Augustinian Monastery of Pennabilli have become friends and partners in the restoration.
As the work proceeds, the present joys of Migliara continue to nourish and uplift the soul. Migliara's Madonna field shrine is still a powerful place to petition for others' needs and to have prayers heard and answered, and the rustic chapel of St. Anne (replete with rushing water and the bent boughs of ancient trees) upholds the legacy of sacred feminine presence which has existed in this valley from as far back as the Bronze Age.