Saving Place, Saving Grace Screening Planned in Middleburg

The Land Trust of Virginia will present a free screening of “Saving Place, Saving Grace” on Friday, Jan. 27, at the Hill School in Middleburg.

The documentary chronicles the story of the Trappist monks’ efforts at Holy Cross Abbey to reform their home by engaging in an intense sustainability initiative that focused on core tenets of land stewardship, prayer and work ethic.

The effort is a race against time for the monks to retain their rural home along the Shenandoah River in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains as they bring ecology into the contemplative prayer and lifestyle of the abbey. Without the active engagement of both internal and external communities, the 1,200-acre community could disappear.

Animal Ambassadors from Blue Ridge Wildlife will meet and chat with attendees at 6 p.m. before the 6:30-7:30 p.m. screening, which will be followed by a conversation with the film’s producers, Deidre Dain and George Patterson, along with Holy Cross Abby representative Kurt Aschermann.

The program, co-sponsored by the Goose Creek Association and the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, starts at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Hill School Performing Arts Center, at 130 S. Madison St. in Middleburg. To preregister, contact Kerry Roszel at or 540-687-8441.

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