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Staff Photo: Erin Evans . The original 1944 barn that Conyers' first monks lived in still stands today. The 21 Cistercian monks lived, prayed and worshipped in the hay barn until they built a pineboard monastery later that year. The historic barn will be renovated for the Monastery's new Visitors Center.

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Monks campaign to build visitors center

CONYERS -- Phase I of construction for a new public gathering project at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit is under way, though the monks still need to raise the rest of the funds for the $6.5 million project.

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