From the AP Wire/Salon.com
Monks want to turn Ohio hooker motel into retreat
A group of monks wants to turn an Ohio motel once used by a prostitution ring into a religious retreat.
Monks from the Syro-Russian Orthodox Catholic Church have opened the Monastery Inn, offering low-cost housing and outreach services in what had been the Canfield Colonial Motel. The monks' leader, Bishop Timothy, says the group eventually hopes to turn the inn and surrounding acreage into a religious retreat.
Police say the motel and a sister property were used for a prostitution ring. The former owner pleaded guilty last month to promoting prostitution and will be sentenced early next month.
The monks gathered with business leaders Thursday for an official ribbon cutting in Canfield, 60 miles southeast of Cleveland.
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