Updated with photos showing the extent of the damage, plus new info for donations.
UPDATE 2: New GoFundMe Page to help raise money for Holy Ascension Monastery is now up. From the GoFundMe page:
Help to rebuild our church!
We are sad to report that the church of the Holy Ascension Romanian Orthodox Monastery burned to the ground. All the components of the church including expensive icons, vestments were lost. Also lost was our candle making machine which was our only way of support. Fortunately we were able to salvage the holy relics. Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated, and if anyone has a candle making machine that is not being used that would be a lifesaver for us.
Total loss to the monastery is about $ 1.5 millions.
We thank you for your support and prayers.
UPDATED—Fire destroys church at Ascension Monastery Church, Clinton, MI
Clinton MI, OCA, August 13, 2016:
With sadness, the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of the Orthodox Church in America reported that the church at the Monastery of the Ascension of the Lord here was destroyed by fire around noon on Friday, August 12, 2016. The cause of the blaze is as yet unknown.His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate and Priest Vicar Dan Hoarste traveled to the monastery to be with the monastic community immediately upon learning of the blaze. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon requested the faithful to keep the monastery brotherhood in their prayers. During this difficult time, the Episcopate also offers prayers to grant peace and comfort to the monastic community during this difficult test.
Out of concern and a display of support, the Episcopate is establishing a fund for the monastery. Information on making donations may be found on the Episcopate’s web site. The total collected will be distributed to the monastery and will be reported in Solia-The Herald.
===Per the Romanian Episcopate’s Website:
…Out of concern and a display of support, the Episcopate is establishing a fund for the monastery and encourages parishes to make a collection.
As with all official Episcopate Appeals, we ask that the parish combine all donations and send a check(s) made payable to:
ROEA, PO BOX 309, GRASS LAKE MI 49240-0309
Note “Ascension Monastery Fire” on your check.
The total collected will be distributed to the monastery and will be reported in Solia – The Herald.