Sat. 9:20 pm: Howland monastery drops mausoleum plan

HOWLAND – The Christian Coptic monastery on Squires Lane NE has decided to “love thy neighbor.”

Upon orders from the Coptic pope in Egypt, the St. Mary and St. John the Beloved Monastery has decided to shelve plans for a mausoleum on its property. The mausoleum plans triggered protests from nearby Forest Hill Drive NE residents and an appeal in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court that was won by the monastery.

Monastery attorney Mark Mikhaiel of Cleveland confirmed the decision by the monastery to drop the plans.

“They wanted to be good neighbors,” Mikhaiel said. “The nuns thought it was more important not to create bad relationships.”

Read more in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.