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Help for Homeless Nuns

$6,870 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 9 months
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Attention: for more support options, go to http://sistersofourladyofreparation.org/donations.html

The Sisters of Our Lady of Reparation need your help NOW in this urgent matter. 

These two nuns will be homeless with no vehicle as of August 5th. The community has a goal to raise $100,000 to be able to purchase a house and car for them. 

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Mother Isidore Maria and Sr. Benedict Marie will no longer have housing as of August 5th. They were living in the convent with Sister Jeanne Marie, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, cardiac problems etc. She has been bed-ridden for years and has endured many surgeries and numerous health treatments. Mother Isidore Maria and Sr. Benedict Marie have cared for her all this time while struggling to maintain their original apostolates of Catechism instruction, Daily Mass, and Divine Office. Between this and normal household tasks, their has been little opportunity to gain outside income. Sister Jeanne Marie is now returning to Illinois where she will retire to a nursing home. She has no desire to continue assisting the community financially.The state will ultimately claim everything, including the house which is in her name, leaving the two other sisters homeless.

From the Sisters: "Sister Jeanne Marie has provided housing for our community ever since it was founded in 2014. We had hoped to find an alternative means of support by now, but our attention has been divided from the start. We are in need of a car and housing. We will be seeking some sort of work once Sister is settled in a nursing home, but until then, (beginning of August),  she still requires our full-time care".

The community of Our Lady of Reparation is associated with His Excellency, the Most Reverend Daniel L. Dolan, Bishop at St. Gertrude the Great Parish. Aside from convent-nursing, the sisters have volunteered at the parish to teach catechism on Sundays, and have been earning a stipend for cleaning the parish once a week. They will be seeking additional work soon, (e.g. house cleaning services, senior companion care, and/or other similar employment. 
Keep in mind that any work the sisters take on will be part-time since they are religious and have certain ecclesiastical obligations; they are counting on benefactors for the greater part of housing costs. Though $60,000 should buy a foreclosure in the Cincinnati area, they are anticipating maintenance costs: (e.g.  new furnace, plumbing work, roof repairs, etc.)  This also brings up the question of transportation. A Catholic mechanic has offered to be on the lookout for a decent vehicle. He has forewarned that anything affordable will require considerable work and additional parts. He estimated 3-5K for a decent means of transportation.  

Please Pray, Donate, Pass the word on. Storm Heaven so that this Traditional Catholic Community can survive. We need nuns, and they need us. God bless your generosity!   30660966_1529868014641110_r.jpeg
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Just wanted to let everyone know that we're hosting an online raffle this year with some pretty neat prizes. Please share with friends and relatives; Thank you!
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We realize there is little we can do to express our thankfulness outside of prayer and thanksgiving, but one service we do wish to provide is the distribution of tax-receipts to all who have donated to our cause. PayPal and GoFundMe have not informed us as to whether they have already supplied such receipts, and though GoFundMe has kept track of all donations, our bookkeeping has fallen regrettably behind. Therefore, we ask those who are in need of receipts to email the amount(s) and date(s) of your donations to us. Please do not be shy about this! You all have personal needs and/or families to take care of; be assured that receiving something in return for your offerings is not opposed to charity or virtue.
God Bless You!
-The Sisters
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Dear Friends,

It has been quite some time since our last update due to an onslaught of incidents and events. Far from forgetting your kind concern and abundant generosity, we have been seeking an opportunity to, not only adequately express our gratitude, but also to formally announce the outcome of our recent housing crisis.
Our late-summer appeal brought in approximately $18,000, providing us with enough finances to secure a decent vehicle and a rental house for the year. We are ideally located about 30 minutes from St. Gertrude the Great Parish making daily Mass easily accessible. The property itself required a large amount of work to make habitable, but we are grateful for the privacy it affords. Despite a few leaks in the basement (and a few raccoons in the attic), we are quite comfortable, but mostly, we are sincerely grateful to our benefactors and to Divine Providence, each of whom has taken such good care of us.
We also would like to address some concerns that have been expressed during the time of our recent trials. A number of well intentioned persons have proposed that we consider entering an already-established community of religious, thus bringing our troubles to an end, and at the same time, alleviating the concerns of numerous Catholics. We kindly acknowledge such mindful regard, but must reject such considerations. You see, there are souls called to this life, to the contemplative battalion of the church’s great army. It is the duty of these souls is to fight evil through prayer, penance, and sacrifice. "Contemplative orders are those who’s primary focus is inward conversion; to grow in union with Our Lord for the love of God and the salvation souls. Such communities typically have little interaction with the world, so that they may devote themselves to prayer and penance for the sanctification of the world. As the angel said at Fatima; "Penance, penance, penance! …Make everything you do a sacrifice, and offer it as an act of reparation for the sins by which God is offended, and as a petition for the conversion of sinners".
With that, we are continuing our efforts to establish a stable foundation where contemplative vocations may flourish. It is the Blessed Virgin who has instigated this effort and we cannot back down in the face of difficulties. It is she who summons chosen souls, it is she who directs them to one community or another, and it is she who allows our trials for the betterment of our souls and for the salvation of others. Even should we wish to join a well-established community, we could not do it without meriting her dismay.
Thank you once again for your extreme generosity and sincere wishes. Know that you are ever in our grateful prayers.
-The Sisters of Our Lady of Reparation
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THOROUGH UPDATE - as of - JULY 21, 2018 :
We've received $5,000 worth of donations outside of GoFundMe, -that means we have received a grand total $10,000! 5K is reserved for our car repairs, along with its title, registration, and first year of insurance. We will hopefully have leftover funds from this project. The other 5K will be earmarked for a down-payment on housing.
Speaking of housing, real-estate prices have been on the rise lately and, according to realtors and investors, prices will continue to sky-rocket during the coming year. We need plenty of support so that a convent can be secured before payments become impossible. Ask your friends and relatives to help; hand one of these flyers to your co-workers:
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Be they traditional Catholic or not, the Lord works in mysterious ways; may He grant many souls the grace of a final conversion in return for an act of kindness towards His virgin spouses.
In the meantime, the option of renting has been eliminated; we need something more permanent that will not simply depreciate funds. It has been determined that owning real-estate is "a must" as we do not wish to be in the same situation 5 years down the road. We wish to invest your donations wisely and in such a way that our religious apostolates may flourish and benefit both you and future generations. We have a temporary place to go for now, but we need a real house.
Aside from finances, we have received a number of great suggestions and good ideas from those concerned about a roof for the winter. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thoughts and advice are always appreciated and invariably taken into consideration as Saint Benedict strongly emphasizes the importance of council.
Thanks again and May our Lady grant success to this campaign which is for the greater glory of God and in honor of His saints! Let us work together; Let us work for Christ!

Yours in the Heart of Jesus,
The Sisters of Our Lady of Reparation
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