Thousands of dollars in private donations are being used to remodel the chapel at the Abbey of Our Lady of The Holy Trinity.

Even though the Catholic Monastery is residence to 35 monks, the chapel is used for public religious services, and Father David Altman said the time had come for a face lift."The purpose there is to make the word of God heard," he said.

Altman said one of the monks, who is an engineer, had been looking over the chapel for a couple of years and decided what needed to be remodeled. Work is now under way to update the building's acoustics, lighting and windows.

Services are currently being held in a conference room, and Altman said that the remodeling project should be completed sometime this spring.

The monastery is nestled in a valley near Huntsville on the east side of the Wasatch Mountains.

The monastery is self-supporting, but private donations were accepted to help finance the remodeling of the chapel.

Altman said the monastery has been operating since 1947, and it now has seven income-producing industries.

Some 5,000 eggs from the monastery are sold and distributed along the Wasatch Front every day.

The monks also care for 500 head of cattle, and they operate a farm, a reception room, a bakery and beehives, Altman said.

Honey from the hives and fresh bread are also sold to the public from the monastery, Altman said.