Holy Trinity Monastery
In the small community of St. David, AZ and along the highway is the serene place known as the Holy Trinity Monastery. A massive cross stands near the parking lot and a short distance up the hill is the Meditation Garden. You get a calming feeling walking around grounds where you will find gardens and a pond with fish swimming about. The adobe Monastery greets you with a large arbor in front and a beautiful garden and fountain. Inside the building it is peaceful and simply gorgeous. To the right of the building is a small cemetery and the Trinity Bird Sanctuary.
On September 3, 1974, after Bishop Francis J. Green put in a request for a Christian renewal center somewhere in Cochise County, the group chose a 92 acres parcel of land in St. David to build the Monastery. They broke ground on December 12, 1974 and Bishop Green was there for the occasion. He was there again at the dedication on June 14, 1981. The Monastery is the center of the grounds, with more gardens and other places constantly being constructed around it even today.
When you walk around the grounds of the Holy Trinity Monastery, you get a sense of peace. You drive up the road a short distance to the bookstore/museum, and park near the building. Right away you will see a yard with a block fence and a massive cross at the back end. The metal entrance gate is guarded by two lion statues.
After walking past the cross and up a short hill, you will find the Meditation Garden. It is also surrounded by a block fence with a simple metal gate at the entrance. As you walk along the brick path, and over a wood bridge, a calming feeling swoops over you. In the garden, you will see a pond with fish swimming around, several statues, and enormous trees. You can cop-a-squat on the benches, but make sure that none of the various species of birds found on the grounds are in the trees above you.
A short distance from the garden is the gorgeous adobe Monastery. In the front, you will first notice the large arbor with a statue, benches and a cross inside. When you walk inside the entrance to the fence surrounding the Monastery, you will see the beautiful garden and fountain. You are allowed to walk inside of the building and get a sense of peace while sitting in the pews. It is simply stunning inside.