Monday, September 8, 2008

Help the Dominican Nuns of Summit with their Capital Campaign

There is a cloister of Dominican Nuns in Summit, NJ who are in need of some funds. They have launched a Capital Campaign. It is explained in this post on their blog, "Moniales OP".

We’d like to tell you about our first-ever capital campaign: Building a Future Full of Hope. We are working to raise $500,000 for crucial renovations to the monastery and also to establish an endowment fund of $1,000,000 for the daily upkeep of the monastery. Our dream is also to raise enough to build a new wing, housing infirmary, library, guest rooms, parlors, and gift shop, although architects estimate that such a wing would cost a whopping 7 million dollars.

The renovations are necessary in order to make our hallways, refectory and kitchen fully accessible to all the nuns and to bring them up to safety codes.

The endowment is direly needed because, in spite of the constant generosity of so many of you, our good benefactors, we are having to dip into our savings every month in order to make ends meet.

The addition of a new wing would allow us to bring our infirmary and guest area up to safety codes, as well as allowing us precious space for the adequate care of the sick which we have never had. There would also be room for private guest visiting areas and for a new library, so intimately related to the life of contemplative nuns.

We are counting on the support of you, our good friends and loyal blog readers, for the success of this capital campaign. For more information, click on the picture or go to

I should add that you may occassionally see a comment from "Moniales". Now you know that the comment is coming out of a cloister. I have had many friendly discussions with them.

Some post samples from the Moniales OP blog (most are photostories):

The sisters have an entire line of handmande soaps and other products. Here are some select blogposts introducing the line and some of the products. You can browse and order online through a special site. Rumor has it you may be able to pick up some of these products in our Grotto giftshop soon! Consider each of these are made with prayerful hands and support a worthy cause.

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