A worthy cause

Most monasteries feel short of money. Mine has been running at an annual deficit for some years but life is far from desperate. That said, there are things we need to be doing or fixing that we cannot now do due to the limitations on our funds. One huge advantage we have is that our property is an asset that can secure us loans when we need them.

So when a monastery is both short of money and living in a house not its own, the danger is compounded. It is hard to practise the Benedictine vow of stability when it is quite possible to be evicted from the place in which one’s stability is rooted.

So please spare a thought for the brethren at the recently-founded monastery of Silverstream, in County Meath in Ireland. Fr Mark maintains the edifying and insightful blog Vultus Christi, and the brethren focus on the worthy celebration of the liturgy in its monastic integrity, devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and providing hospitality particularly to priests in a country which largely holds its clergy in low esteem at present. Silverstream has a flourishing community of external oblates, but more imnportantly it has new recruits who need to be formed and housed in security.

Silverstream Priory

The brethren at Silverstream do not own their monastery, but they would like to buy it. Every year that they cannot make the purchase sees 12.5% added to the asking price of the monastery. So in the last few days Fr Mark and his brethren have appealed for help to buy their house. Amazingly, in short time someone stumped up €100,000. That is about 15% of what they need to make an outright purchase.

If you have some money that cries out to be directed to the glory of God, or you know someone else who has, please consider a donation to Silverstream. Fr Mark gives guidance on how to donate in a tax-effective way for those in the UK, the EU and the USA.

Just st St Joseph provided for our Lord and our Lady, so too should the Church provide for those who serve it in the least economically-profitable but most spiritually-profitable way. Such monks are the heart of the Church which prays without ceasing for a world that so much needs God’s grace, and yet is so oblivious to it. Please help them in even a small way, if you can.

Pax.

The brethren on a community walk

 

 

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10 thoughts on “A worthy cause

  1. adriansharp says:

    Reblogged this on A secular priest and commented:
    A worthy cause … particularly apt to share on St Joseph’s day

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  2. SlaveckM says:

    Reblogged this on slaveck.net, pushed on g+ and twitter

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  3. AndrewWS says:

    Silverstream is quite evidently a lovely place, but a bit out of the way to visit. If I had lots of money, I would give them some.

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  4. Fr Hugh says:

    Indeed, as Slaveck says, it is quite accessible from Dublin. Of course, if you do not live in Ireland I suppose it is a bit out of the way! ;-)

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  5. The Raven says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    A very worthy cause!

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  6. Father Mark says:

    Heartfelt thanks to you, dear Father Hugh!

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  7. […] Please remember Douai Abbey in your prayers, and all English Benedictines, and also the brethren at Silverstream Priory. […]

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