Welcome to the Saint Marie Website
St. Marie needs people who wake up in the morning and ask themselves "how can I help other people". There are many millions of people who fit this category and want to make a bigger impact with their efforts. We want those type of people to come to St. Marie and help us build a community that actually has helping others as a mission. It will take work and time, but it will be an awesome experience, some will get discouraged, we will support them.
I am Patrick Kelly a native Montanan and a retired Air Force Officer. Some history; my Great Grandfather was the tailor at Fort Buford at the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers in the 1880s; we are one of the oldest families in Eastern Montana. I purchased the housing at the former Glasgow Air Force Base and named it St. Marie. I wanted to provide low cost housing to veterans and retired military personnel and sold over two hundred and twenty homes. I had a heart attack and shortly after that lost my beautiful wife, friend and partner - I needed to sell the property.
St. Marie has the perfect atmosphere and setting to produce this Christian contemplative community.
(NOTE: It is important to remember, the development was a total success, with: a chapel, community center, restaurants, a bowling alley/bar/restaurant; a third of the golf course was completed and the Club House housed offices, a health club, beauty/barber shop, gym and gift shop.)
I sold St. Marie in the mid 1990s, a year later the follow-up developer went into bankruptcy because of lack of funding and other factors. Remember, St. Marie was a success, it has been proven that people want what is available at St. Marie! The people loved St. Marie, we had people here who could afford to live anywhere they wanted and they chose St. Marie. We had high ranking officers/enlisted, bankers, the mayor of Olympia Washington and many beautiful people who had traveled the world. One of the reasons I know that our goal of a Christian Community will work here is because of the feeling of community that was felt by the people who came. If I had been able to stay and continue to develop St. Marie it would be completely full with the golf course complete and many amenities and jobs. The buildings of Boeing would have been incorporated into the St. Marie community. Boeing has a great reputation for being a good neighbor, we are counting on them to assist us,when we are ready to ask, to assist in this historic community - yes - historic.
Now, I believe that the things that happened in the past happened for a reason. St. Marie currently looks like a war zone, but something with a larger impact and long term benefit can now occur. St. Marie with its housing and facilities can be a center of Christian programs, youth camps, elderly care, education and other activities that will thrive in this remote cloistered-like community. There are many people who have a commitment and driving force to help people; these are the people who will come to this remote contemplative setting and build Christian Programs and "Community."
I have met with representatives of the Boeing Company; Boeing owns the runway, hangers, officer's club, barracks, NCO club and many other buildings that are not being used. Boeing indicated that unused building could be available, and to bring them a plan for their use, what better use than for humanitarian purposes and the development of St. Marie; with St. Marie a thriving community I believe Boeing will expand there runway operation. It will be fun to see how that turns out.
We want people to come to help build St. Marie and the Christian programs that we can administer. What makes people happy? I came up with the concept (mission) of St. Marie and later found that that concept is built on the following: there are four levels of happiness, number one is material things, yum yum this chocolate is so good, or my car is beautiful, the sound system is great,and the leather seats feel so good. Number two is ego, my my, I am the best ball player, or I am the best CEO/coach/etc. The people who get their happiness out of level three and four are the ones we want to come to St. Marie. Number three level people are those who get there happiness out of helping others. Number four are those people who want to get personally closer to God. A community of people that is made up of people who want to help people will automatically come up with programs and make an environment where they will personally grow closer to God, level four. St. Marie has the perfect atmosphere and setting to produce this Christian contemplative community.
Economics of the situation. Sales of homes will build our community. Homes are currently selling for under $40,000 and can be purchased from individuals or local real estate offices, additional homes are now being renovated. The prices of homes are less now than they were twenty years ago. Due to the oil activity in the area the job opportunities are better than in most areas. Hopefully, the prices will rise as more people come and programs develop; Judy and I sold home here at St. Marie for more than homes in the area that are now selling for over $135,000. Do not come just to purchase a low cost home that can grow in value, we want people to come to help build a Christian Community. To grow the Christian Community we visualize we need people who come because they are motivated to help and love others. Please tell others about St. Marie!!!