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Ozarks Monastery Burns to the Ground

A monastery belonging to a unique monastic community in Eureka Springs burned to the ground Monday night. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.

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The Little Portion monastery was part of a Catholic-based community called the Brothers and Sisters of Charity.

The community is the only monastic group in the United States which incorporates both celibate members and married members with children. The community does not fall under any particular category in canon law.

KSMU featured the Little Portion monastic community in a report less than three weeks ago.

Brothers and Sisters of Charity member Sister Peggy Loedwykes said Monday night's fire was caused by a malfunction in the monastery's wood stove.

Four fire departments responded to the intense blaze, but due to the monastery's remote location, the structure was destroyed by the time they arrived.

Loedwykes says although the monastery was insured, many intangible items were lost. They do hope to rebuild the monastery, this time in stone.

She added that anyone who wants to help the monastery can do so by visiting their website, littleportion.org.

To see pictures of the monastery before and after the fire, you can visit our website, ksmu.org.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.


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