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Cathedral of the Pines names new executive director

  • Patricia Vargas has been named the new executive director at the Cathedral of the Pines. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Patricia Vargas has been named the new executive director at the Cathedral of the Pines. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, March 05, 2018 5:35PM

In a time of ever growing division, Patricia Vargas is hoping to further elevate the Cathedral of the Pines as a place that promotes peace, nature, and love for people of all backgrounds to enjoy.

Vargas has been working as the executive director of the Rindge-based non-profit organization since Jan. 10. 

“Just knowing that there is a place to honor peace and love and nature, I think it really caught my attention,” said Vargas. “We are open to all, regardless of what faith you may belong to.”

Vargas, originally from Colebrook, said she heard of the Monadnock region and the Cathedral of the Pines in the past, but never really explored the area until applying for the job. 

“I love it, I love the area and all of the surroundings. It’s really beautiful,” said Vargas, who currently lives in Peterborough with her 15-year-old daughter.

After being on the job for over a month, Vargas said she has developed a number of goals, including bettering the Cathedral’s customer service, and creating more collaboration,s and getting better feedback from the community. 

“I want to approach the schools to see how we can work in collaboration so students can be more aware of the history and what is here at the Cathedral of the Pines,” said Vargas. 

Vargas said she hopes to foster a greater understanding in the community about the rich history of the Cathedral of the Pines, especially to younger generations who may not know the history of the land and monuments. 

“I feel like there is a lot of potential, not just because of the beauty, but because of the history that’s involved,” said Vargas. 

Vargas is also working to collaborate with other groups in the community. For example, Vargas has already met with the Rindge Veteran’s Association and offered the location for future events and programs. 

Vargas also said she wanted to provide an even better experience for those seeking out the Cathedral as a wedding venue, saying she wants to be flexible, accommodating, and do more than simply charge a fee. 

“My message is for the community to know that we are here, we are part of the community, and we want to serve our community in the best possible way,” said Vargas. “I think we need to have a stronger presence at community events.”

Vargas comes to the Cathedral after spending five years with Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital. Vargas filled many roles for the hospital, serving as the annual giving coordinator, human resources coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and community relations coordinator. 

Prior to that, Vargas spent time in graphic design and as a bookkeeper with Liebl Printing Company, and as a night auditor and retail supervisor with the Balsams Grand Resort. 

“Our mission is that we honor all of those who sacrificed their life for the United States. At the same time, if you ask me what our mission really is, I’d say we honor peace, love, nature, and I also want to include art.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.