For years, Elene Schumacher has wanted to donate land for a quiet place of worship for the Eastern Orthodox Church.
The Rathdrum-area property owner believes the right scenario has surfaced to make that happen.
Schumacher is seeking a conditional-use permit from Kootenai County for a skete and a private cemetery for Russian Orthodox monks on 22 vacant acres in an agricultural suburban zone between Highway 53 and Hidden Valley Road west of Rathdrum.
Schumacher said a skete, which has domes and bells on top of the chapel, is smaller than a monastery and allows for communal services. She plans to donate the land for the purpose.