Thursday, November 27, 2014

Prayers and Help Needed for Silverstream Priory

It seems our favorite Irish monks are in need of some prayers and charity.

From Father Z:

From a reader:
Fr Mark Kirby, of Vultus Christi blog, who with a small community is trying to save and revive Silverstream Priory, is in hospital. Would you pray for him? Would you ask readers to pray for him? And give him the material support he needs to keep warm and fed, along with his flock of five.
The thing is, Fr Mark needs to be encouraged, forced even, to ask for material help. He endured two winters in his fledgling monastery with no heating system. Now he has a heating system, could we support him to put fuel in the boiler? Warm soups on the table? I do not exaggerate his material needs. The conditions he lives in are improving but truly shocking.
Fr Mark recently had the joy of seeing one of his little community ordained to the priesthood. He has novices and postulants. He is a holy man and has many apostolates in keeping with his habit. But he needs to be able to turn on the heat and eat warm food!
On Monday, Father Kirby reported on the Silverstream Priory that he was doing better:

Dear friends, I was released from hospital late on Friday and was able to return home to the monastery the same evening. I am profoundly grateful for the messages of loving support and the assurance of prayers that flowed in from all sides. Many of you sent donations: a tangible sign of the unfailing Providence of God. Heartfelt thanks to all of you. “And he said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee; for power is made perfect in infirmity. Gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me » (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Read more about the Silverstream Priory in a wonderful Regina Magazine article :  

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