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Prayers for new barn roof at Bethlehem abbey answered

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The Abbey of Regina Laudis said its prayers for a new barn roof were answered. (WFSB photo) The Abbey of Regina Laudis said its prayers for a new barn roof were answered. (WFSB photo)
BETHLEHEM, CT (WFSB) -

The sisters at an abbey in Bethlehem said their prayers have been answered.

The Abbey of Regina Laudis on Flanders Road was in need of a new roof. Thanks to a Good Samaritan, it'll happen.

The 400-acre self-sustaining farm is cared for by its 36 nuns.

"Farming is definitely year-round," said Mother Jadwiga Makarewicz, Abbey of Ragina Laudis. "The animals have to be cared for every single day, twice a day and there's the care of the fields, the fencing."

They said there's little they can't do on their own.

They raise sheep and cattle. They grow fruits and vegetables. There is even a llama on the grounds to fend off predators.

However, the is a project that is literally out of their reach.

The roof on their barn started to leak. The sisters said while the facility is still safe and functional, they would like to replace it before it gets out of hand.

"It's at the point where it's really time to put a new roof on it," Makarewicz said. "You can see that the rust is moving quickly now."

Replacing the roof would cost at least $22,000. Seven thousand of that has already been raised.

The Good Samaritan, who operates a repair business in neighboring Woodbury, is working to raise the rest.

"I have been praying for a way to get a new roof and so when I heard he was coming with a roofer to look at the roof I thought 'wow,'" Makarewicz said "I guess you pray and you don't know where it's going to come from."

As unexpected as it was, the sisters said his generosity has been a blessing.

"To be able to hand it over in good condition means a lot and we're going to ensure continuity for the flock, for the abbey, for our farm," Makarewicz said

Anyone interested in learning more about the abbey or making a donation can do so at its website here.

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