Update 19/10/18

Please see our latest video below which gives you a ‘birds-eye view’ of Notre Dame Priory’s future home…at Jerusalem Estate. Thanks to everyone who in any way contributed. May God bless you.

 

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Update 9/8/2018

Dear Friends,

The good news is, thanks to so many generous friends, we have substantially reduced the RED. The purchase of Jerusalem Estate seems to be now within reach. Thank you from the bottom of our heart!

Should you still like to help, there is still time — no contribution is too small…nor too large!

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Finally, please do join with us as we pray the Litany of Our Lady of Loreto so that as we strive to establish our community on earth Divine Grace may be poured out from Heaven upon us and all our friends and benefactors. 

With every best wish,

In the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady,

Father Pius Mary Noonan, O.S.B.

 

An update from Father Prior 21/7/2018

Dear Friends of Notre Dame Priory,

At last we have a date for settlement, and a mighty auspicious one at that: 15th August, feast of Our Lady’s Assumption into Heaven!

So, by 15th August we need $3,359,074.07.

How much of that do we have? The current state of our fundraising is revealed by the pie graph.   

 

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You can see that we are able to make the actual purchase: we have the money, but this is largely thanks to a considerable loan from the CDF (Catholic Development Fund). You will have noticed also that the loans are of various kinds: whereas the SMSF (Self-Managed Super Fund) loans are at 2.5% and the low interest loans are usually around 2%, the CDF loan interest, though competitive, is still quite a bit higher.

In other words, the more individual loans we get, the more we decrease the CDF loan and make for less money to be paid back. So our main goal at this stage is to reduce as much as possible the CDF loan by 15 August.

Ultimately, however, we would like to eliminate the loans entirely and make the purchase outright. This would allow us to get started immediately on building the actual monastery. The great potential of this property makes that a very likely possibility and one that presents a number of fascinating perspectives for the future. 

So what can you do to help us? There are several things. You might consider:

You can also go to https://www.notredamemonastery.org/helpus/ to see other ways you can help.

You might also have some questions and wish to speak with someone, to which end I put myself and my advisers at your disposal.

Mindful as we are of our indebtedness to the charity of so many (as are all communities in their founding stages) we have at heart to pray much for all our benefactors. Our monastic liturgy puts these beautiful words on our lips twice a day: “O Lord, deign to grant eternal life to all those who do good to us for Thy Name’s sake. Amen.” That is an extraordinary summary of the Catholic doctrine of merit for good works. As “alms delivers from sin and death” (Tobias 4:11), so we ask that the generosity shown will truly open up the gates of eternal life to those who, within the limited constraints of this earthly life, show us their charity.

We are also mindful of expressing our gratitude in a practical way to all those who share with us. We do this by acknowledging donations. If, in spite of our every effort, any contribution has been overlooked and not acknowledged, please receive my personal apologies. From the depth of our hearts, thank you!

Last but not least, in the lead-up to settlement day we shall be praying a novena consisting of the daily recitation of the Litany of Loreto, from 6 August, feast of the Transfiguration, to 15 August, feast of the Assumption. Please join us in asking the Queen of Heaven to take this cause in hand and grant it good success. Thank you!

May Our Blessed Lady pour her maternal love into your heart.

Fr Pius Mary Noonan, O.S.B., Prior