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An Orthodox Monastery in Ireland

€44,520 of €250,000 goal

Raised by 274 people in 3 months
Created September 2, 2019
SI
Sister IOSIFIA
on behalf of Romanian Orthodox Church In Ireland Ltd

Dear Friends, all over the world,

Let us become founders of an Orthodox Monastery in Ireland!!!


My name is Sister IOSIFIA, I am a Romanian Orthodox nun living in Ireland, and this is an urgent appeal to your generosity requesting your support for the purchase of a future monastery, which will be established here in Ireland with the blessing of His Eminence Joseph, Metropolitan of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolis of Southern and Western Europe.


The intended Monastery will be dedicated to the Mother of God, its main feast being “The Life-Giving Spring” (celebrated on the Friday after Easter), the Monastery will also be dedicated to St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise ( Feast day 9th of September) and to all Celtic Saints of Ireland (celebrated on the second Sunday after Pentecost).

The monastery will be an oasis of prayer, where God’s All-Holy Name is praised at all times, where our Sisters will labour to cultivate love, unity and peace. It will be a welcoming haven for all those who need to gain strength and encouragement and a renewal of their souls.

Although founded by the Romanian Orthodox Church, the monastery is open to anyone, of any nationality, language, race, or age. The language which will be used during the services will be, depending on the congregation, Romanian and English, with some Greek, Russian, and even Irish.

 
The Property we hope to purchase is located in the very heart of Ireland, in Shannonbridge, just a few kilometers away from the 6th century monastic site of St. Ciaran in Clonmacnoise. Ireland was famously abundant in monasteries, and the Irish landscape is sanctified by the ascetic labours and constant prayer of countless monastics for hundreds of years in the first millennium. The place we wish to purchase has already been a place of prayer, being a retreat centre belonging to a Catholic religious community, consisting of a complex of 7 Scandinavian style wood houses on 3 acres of land.

The Catholic Sisters have done all they can to ensure that their property, after sale, will become the Orthodox Monastery we intend, and I can not adequately express my heartfelt thanks for their understanding.

They have lowered their asking price to an extent which has created a great opportunity for us - from the 450,000 euro the property was assessed at, down to 300,000 euro.

Furthermore, initially we were required to pay the whole amount in one up-front payment, but the most recent good news is that we will be allowed to pay until the end of 2020.

Nevertheless, our appeal is both urgent and necessary as we are seeking to buy the property AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 
HOW MUCH IS NEEDED?

For all who want and can help us financially, we have set the goal of raising 250,000 euro as soon as we can, since we already have 40,000 euro raised previously for the purpose of establishing such an Orthodox Monastery.

Maybe it is just my imagination but I thought: if in all the world there are 250 people that can afford giving 1,000 euro each, OR 500 people giving 500 euro each, OR 1,000 people giving 250 euro each, OR 2,500 people giving 100 each…we will gather the whole sum in no time!

 
WHY do we want to raise the money AS SOON AS POSSIBLE?

There are two important reasons:

· If we do not pay the full amount ‘up front' legally the sisters would remain the owners, and we, as mere tenants, by law, could not make the slightest change to the houses, the chapel, the fence and the gates etc. And we would really like to ensure that at the very least the chapel will look… Orthodox.

· If we do not become legally the owners, the Order of Catholic sisters will have to bear the  inconvenience of remaining the owners and the added administrative responsibilities of being landlords. So we are trying to avoid this, by getting all of money at once. We are sure they thought more of God than themselves in dealing with us and that they sincerely wished the place to remain a place of prayer, so we would greatly prefer to achieve our mutually compatible aims with the minimum of inconvenience.

 
FOR HOW LONG are we fundraising?

We will be fundraising on this online platform

***  either until we have achieved our target of 250,000 euro,
***  or until the end of 2020 when we are supposed to make the last payment.


BUT we do HOPE against hope and beyond hope that, by the help of God, the Mother of God, all the Saints and by your precious help we might be able to purchase the property in October this very year for the above-mentioned reasons. Please, help the miracle happen!


So, Dear Friends, in summary

· I am a Romanian nun who is trying to raise 250,000 euro,
· Hopefully by October this year,
· In order to buy a property which will become an Orthodox Monastery in Ireland.


As nothing is impossible with God, and as God works through people, please, could you become collaborators in this undertaking?

-  Be co-workers with God and with us founding this monastery to the glory of God and to the honour of the Mother of God and the Celtic saints of Ireland, who, let us not forget, did a great deal for Europe in the first ten centuries. We think it is about time we remembered them and knotted our loving relationship with them, as, isn’t that so, ‘God is wondrous in His saints’.

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) Orthodox Christians have been the fastest growing religion in Ireland since 1991. There were 62,187 Orthodox Christians in Ireland in April 2016 - up 37.5 per cent on 2011 (45,223) and over three times the number recorded in 2006 (20,798). We believe that the time is ripe for Ireland to have its own Orthodox Monastery.

 
Even if you cannot immediately help, please join us in prayer, this is a very precious way to help which can work wonders and without which we cannot achieve anything.

We are hoping that this cry for help might touch your hearts and meet God there, and may the Lord be the One that ‘will fight’ for us all, whose work we’ve seen and we feel.

We accept with deep gratitude any contribution that comes from a compassionate and sincere heart, willing to render glory to God. And may the God of mercy reward you abundantly for your self-sacrificing generosity.


*** Please help get the word out, you can share the link to this appeal to your Facebook Timeline!”

 
PRAYER

God, You Who are everlasting and without beginning, You Who brought everything that is from nothingness into being, You Who dwell in the uncreated light, listen to our prayer at this hour and at any time we call on Your Name; mercifully look upon us, who, humbly and fervently worship You, and bless our holy wish to have, to Your glory and for the salvation of our souls, a monastery where we can praise You, O Lord, together with our fellow beings.

You, Lord, Who in the beginning established the world through Your Word, have mercy on us and do not neglect our tears and speedily grant us a place where we can kneel down before You in prayer and welcome all those who need strength and renewal of their souls. For, the monastery, O Lord, belongs to those who seek You, to those born and unborn, and stands as a pillar and ground of our Orthodox faith.

Send down to us the grace of Your All-Holy Spirit and chase away from among us the wicked, deceitful and quarrelling spirit, unite us into one heart and one mind, bless us in everything, grant us strength and energy, courage and growing into the fulfilling of our desire.

For You are the One Who blesses, fulfills, and perfects everything, You our God, and to You we ascribe glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Dear brothers and sisters,

Tonight, when so many people in Ireland are busy at this very moment with trick-or-treating, guising, lighting bonfires and fireworks, prank playing, scary story telling, horror film watching, I'm offering this chant as a modest 'treat' to you and as a humble gift to our beloved Mother of God.

Although the language is Greek, I'm sure you will all understand it, it is the main hymn for the Theotokos in the Orthodox Church, and you might see the English text in the previous post.

Please, share it with your friends everywhere, this might (please, God) help us to get on the fourth rung of our ladder, heading for the fifth one.
Please, do not forget about us, do not forget about the Monastery, do not forget about Ireland!

And may She, who is full of grace, intercede with her Son to bestow His grace on us all and on Ireland!
Thank you so much!
Grateful, in Christ,
sr Iosifia
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Dear friends,
We're hoping that you still keep us in your prayers, we need them so much!

This is a present for the Mother of God and for you.
We celebrate today the holy and miracle-working icon of the Virgin Mary Pantanassa ("The Queen of All") from the the holy and great Monastery of Vatopedi, Mount Athos, Greece.
This icon is known for working many miracles, especially healing people with cancer but at the same time it is known for "lifting the hurdles of those who fall down to the Theotokos for aid'' ('Theotokos' means 'Birthgiver of God').
(We kindly ask the experts in Byzantine music to be as indulgent and understanding as possible and we already ask for their forgiveness.)

In case you would like to chant it yourselves, here it is:

It is truly right to call thee blest,
O Theotokos the ever blessed,
thou who art most pure and all-immaculate
and the Mother of our God.
More hon’rable than the Cherubim
and beyond compare more glorious
than the Seraphim,
who without corruption
didst give birth to God the Word,
the very Theotokos
thee do we magnify.

In Christ,
Sr Iosifia
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Dear friends,
Our incoming donations are back on track! Thank God!
Thank you for being so patient and thank the GoFundMe Team for being so helpful.
In case you took my ( innocent :) ) advice to put your donation away for a while( it might have leavened by now), now the time has come: please, don't forget about us!
May the Mother of God reward your kindness and generosity!
Sr I
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Dear very supportive friends all over the world,
I have a few IMPORTANTannouncements to make:

1. As you might have noticed it already, on the GoFundMe page you can see now the beneficiary of this campaign, which is the Romanian Orthodox Church in Ireland Ltd (let's say ROCI), the body who will actually purchase the property intended to become our monastery. Hopefully ROCI will eventualy have all that necessary money...Let's pray!

At the moment both solicitors are doing the paperwork. Once everything is done and ready, on signing and on paying a deposit of 40,000 euro, two sisters (for the very beginning) will be moving into the house. Let's pray!

2. As you can see... our hope to get the total sum in October cannot be fulfilled, it seems to me. It is obvious that in the world there are NOT 250 people that can afford giving 1,000 euro, or...2500 people giving 100 euro...So, it WAS my imagination only!!! :)
No panic, though!
As Orthodox Christians we do hope, we do ask, we do knock but at the same time we do know that everything is in the perfect hands of our perfect and loving God and we are fully aware that it is Him who decides when and how wide to open the door. Do we not say every day 'Thy will be done'??? So, let's pray!

3. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!!
Just a quick word of warning: it might happen that, because of our delay in providing the bank details and all the official documentation, accepting donations on GoFundMe page might be stopped for a while. This means: you might not be able to donate for a while until we have set up the withdrawals.
If you ask me 'what delay?', I'll tell you there were
A FEW delays that were out of my control.
But: no panic! It'll only be a delay, not the end of the world! (So please, put you your donation away in a safe place for us, and...pray! :))

An Orthodox Christian knows for sure that, when a church or a monastery is being built, there will be lots of obstacles, some coming out of the blue and out of nowhere... So...let's pray, after all it is God who is in charge of everything!

4. I would like to clearly state that donors from Romania CANNOT make donations on GoFundMe page. However we can add the donations from Romania as offline anonymous donations, they will be visible and will be added to the total sum. Please, contact me if you have any query. And, please, pray!

5. Regarding the TIP that you can see when making a donation, please, remember that the tip is purely OPTIONAL! I have seen generous people that chose to give a tip. Well done!
In case you do NOT want to give it, please, choose OTHER, and then, manually enter 0.00 euro.
There's a way to increase both the donations and the tips, here it is: Let's pray!

6. Dear friends, if you really want to help us, please, be honest, straightforward, open, transparent, and very important: please, use YOUR OWN cards in your own names, and YOUR OWN money, not...somebody else's :)
Otherwise that donation will be refunded to the donor and... instead of seeing the sum increasing we might see it going into the opposite direction:)...
So, let's pray!

7. The last point of this update:
Dear friends, I would like to thank you again ! You self-sacrificingly helped us to get to over 33,000 euro in the first month of this running campaign. I can't thank you enough, I'll let God and the Mother of God more generously do it.
I would like to remind you that even if you have NO money, you can still help us.How?
LET"S PRAY!

Thank you!
Grateful,
In Christ,
sr Iosifia
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Raised by 274 people in 3 months
Created September 2, 2019
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Sister IOSIFIA
on behalf of Romanian Orthodox Church In Ireland Ltd
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