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July 7, 2011CLYDE, MO |  By: Wayman

Sacred Stones Construction

The peaceful lives of the Benedictine sisters of perpetual adoration at Clyde have been invaded by backhoes and concrete trucks, but many others are reaping the benefits.

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The nuns are about a year into a $10 million renovation project to their century old chapel that includes a new entrance, no-step accessibility for visitors and an eco-friendly geo-thermal loop field 300 feet deep to heat and cool the building. Clyde prioress sister Sean Douglas, OSB says they are recycling in the remodeling, which they have discovered is quite a tradition there.

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An old chalkboard with writing still on it was recently discovered plugging a hole created decades before. Some of the construction material has been donated to other groups in the surrounding region. Construction is set to finish in late September, close to the 100th anniversary of the chapel.