Why we need moneyFor the past seven years we have lived in rented accommodation which, although it has served us well, is no longer suited to our purposes.
We need to be able to put down permanent roots. We also need room to be able to admit novices, expand our charitable activities and welcome guests adequately. It is heartbreaking having to turn vocations away or refuse guests because we cannot provide the facilities they need.
A monastery, however, is not just any kind of house and grounds. It needs to be big enough to be welcoming, small enough to be sustainable, and beautiful enough to inspire all who visit with a sense of God's beauty and holiness. The nuns' accommodation needs to be very simple whereas that used by guests should be comfortable. Above all, the areas devoted to worship and study, the chapel and the library, should be dignified, suited to their purpose.
Why we need money nowFor a long time we have been trying to find a way of meeting all these requirements. We investigated a number of properties in the Portsmouth diocese but were unable to raise the purchase price in time.
Finally, after consulting widely, and with the active support and encouragement of Bishop Crispian, we asked permission to move from the diocese of Portsmouth to the diocese of Cardiff, where Archbishop George Stack has been very welcoming.
With the help of a large mortgage, we have been able to buy a beautiful barn conversion on the edge of the Golden Valley. Inevitably, it will not be easy to meet all the demands on us, especially during a time of financial stringency; so we must continue to ask for help.
Can you help us? WILL you help us? The next few pages explain how you can help us achieve our aims by
• investing in the Holy Trinity Monastery Charitable Bond
• making a donation
• making us a loan
Every penny helps, so even a small donation would be greatly appreciated.
Become part of the monastery's futureHelping us will do more than give us the space we need to accomplish our aims; it will make you part of the monastery's future. It will make you a founder of an enterprise with a global reach even though it is based in rural Herefordshire.
We have a carefully thought-through Business Plan. Buying a house represents the first, essential stage. If you would like to see some of the questions that have been raised and the answers provided by the community, please see the blog post of 22 August (link opens in new window).
One last thought: if everyone who visited our web sites in 2010 had donated 23p/35c each, we'd have had enough to buy a large house in Oxfordshire (which is a more expensive county than Herefordshire) without appealing for help . . .