MARVIN, S.D. (AP) - A monastery and retreat center in northeast South Dakota is closing.
The Benedictine monks have voted to close Blue Cloud Abbey with a farewell gathering scheduled for Aug. 5.
The vote taken May 29 was announced on Monday. The announcement says the facility is closing because of a lack of vocations and the aging of community members.
The abbey has succeeded as a retreat center for groups and individuals, but the monastery says it has not been able to draw enough new members.
Sponsors say that no public liturgies will occur after Aug. 5, and all scheduled retreats will be canceled.