Shannonbridge, Ireland, February 20, 2021
The sisterhood of the Romanian Orthodox Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring and St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise is grateful to God and all those who donated towards the full purchase of the land and buildings in Shannonbridge, Ireland.
Mother Iosifia and the small community of the monastery with its workers and benefactors published a message of gratitude on the site of the Metropolis of Southern and Western Europe to all who have contributed to the establishment of the monastery, saying: “With great gratitude we share our great joy related to the fact that, by the mercy of God, His Mother and the saints, the payment of the last installment we owed … could be made.”
In August 2019, the Metropolis published an appeal for funds and prayers towards purchasing property in Shannonbridge, Ireland, just a few miles away from where St. Ciaran had labored in asceticism in the 6th century. The faithful responded and the Metropolis was able to sign the purchase agreement that December.
Last September, OrthoChristian reported that the monastery still needed to raise about $95,000 by December.
“Our hope and your prayers worked WONDERFULLY, so that the amount was fully and generously covered by a donor more than two months before the deadline,” the nuns write in their new message.
The nuns note that the final installment was paid on the feast of St. Colman of Kilmacduagh—an Irish saint who lived in the 6th-7th centuries not far from where the monastery is now.
“We give glory to God, Whose goodness we hope will lead us to repentance, and we are most grateful to the Mother of God—the Mistress of this place and She Who is Quick to Hear, as well as to the saints—those who have worked so harmoniously from the beginning to this new beginning,” the nuns exclaim.
Though the land and existing buildings have been paid for, there is still much work to be done at the monastery, including building a church in the future. Thus, the nuns continue to ask for the prayers and donations of all who wish to support the work of the monastery.
Donations can be made via GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/an-orthodox-monastery-in-ireland
or by using the following bank account details:
Beneficiary: Romanian Orthodox Church in Ireland
Address of the beneficiary: St. John the Baptist Missionary Centre, Drimnagh Castle, Long Mile Road, Dublin 12
Bank: Bank of Ireland
Bank address: 6 Lower O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
IBAN: IE98BOFI 9000 3324 4356 07
Contact: Sr. Iosifia (firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 00353894831802)
The noted British author, thinker, and activist Paul Kingsnorth was united to Christ in holy Baptism at the monastery in on the feast of Christ’s Baptism on January 6 this year.