Description The Church of the Holy Transfiguration of Christ on the Mount is a modest, single-room, hand-built wooden church near the summit of Meads Mountain in Woodstock, New York, originally constructed circa, 1891. THIS IS THE PARISH. As you can see water is still collected from the outside, and the parish is heated with wood from fallen timbers. There is no electric, and no indoor bathroom facilities.In the 1960's, Father Francis, the much-beloved 'hippie priest', here welcomed hippies who had congregated in town during those years that culminated in the famous art and music festival. Father Francis began the practice of this lesser known branch of Catholicism, which acknowledges the Pope as an earthly spiritual leader but, unlike classical Roman Catholicism, does not consider the Pope to be supreme or infallible. The Church has been placed on the National Register of Historic PlacesAs a little girl at age 7 I first encountered this church while hiking in the mountains during a summer vacation at a local camp. I met Father Francis then, and remembered him well in my time of need as a troubled teen in Woodstock, fleeing from authorities and my caretakers. Father Francis took me in, allowed me to stay in the upper room of this little church in exchange for honesty and physical work around the property. I helped with wood and collection of water, in exchange for counsel from our local 'Hippie Priest' whose heart was always open.Many years passed as I roamed the roads with camera in hand, often searching for the little church that I held dear. I finally found it once again a few years back, still nestled in the mountain woodlands, with the small parish house next door to the church. I weep each time I visit, for the goodness I still feel that Father Francis extended me, floods my heart with joy.Photographed on Mead Mountain, near Overlook Mountain, New York, USA.Composed in Photoshop with layers, filters, and original textures.
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