Help the Augustinian Sisters Save Monastery
A total of $800,000 is needed to ensure that the Augustinian Sisters remain at Monastery
and your financial support is required at this time.
From Bishop Brian Dunn:
I am appealing to you in a special way to support the Augustinian Sisters at Our Lady of Grace Monastery, the only clositered community in Nova Scotia. These Nuns have been present at Monastery since 2007. Since the early 1800s, this property was held as a contemplative presence. The Cistercians were there for over 100 years, followed by the Augustinian Fathers and then the Maronite Order.
Recently the Sisters had to negotiate to buy the property of the monastery for $500,000 for approximately 234 acres of land inclusive of the structures, the cemetery and Our Lady of Grace Shrine. Thus, the property will belong to the Sisters and not to the diocese. The transaction will be secured by a 30-year collateral mortgage bearing interest at 2%. The ownership of this property will allow for the upkeep and maintenance of the historic buildings, the cemetery and the Shrine and most importantly, the charism and prayer life of the Augustinian Contemplative Nuns resident at the Monastery. Besides the buying of the property, the monastery needs immediate maintenance including two new furnaces at a cost of $300,000. Thus, a total of $800,000 is needed to ensure that the Augustinian Sisters remain at Monastery and your financial support is required at this time. Their annual operations are covered quite adequately from annual donations.
The required financial resources for the acquisition and required maintenance are beyond the means of the Nuns resident at the monastery who are dependent on Divine Providence for their daily sustenance.
I am asking that every parish take up a special collection for this intention on the weekend of December 1-2.
As well I am appealing to individuals who may be able to donate $1000 to this fund; all we need is 800 people who can give $1000. Donations may be made through the parish or through Paypal on the website of Our Lady of Grace Monastery. The Augustinian Nuns are a registered charity in Canada and can provide official receipts for income tax purposes. Any contribution you are able to provide will be gratefully appreciated and in gratitude, you and your family will be remembered in the daily prayers at the Monastery.
Sincerely in Christ,
Brian Joseph Dunn
Bishop of Antigonish
Niskam ne'kaw koqqwajeyuksi'k. Dieu est toujours fidèle. Tha Dia daonnan dìleas.
God is always faithful.
"As I look toward this year of renewal, I am deeply inspired by the fidelity of parishioners who remain committed to their journey of faith ...
May we be inspired to be renewed in God’s love and fidelity as we respond as missionary disciples in our daily lives."
Bishop Brian Dunn
Thank you, Parishes!
Our 175th Anniversary Quilt is now complete, with a unique square from each parish.
The quilt will be on display at our events Sept. 13-15.
Here is a preview:
We welcome Dr. Anne Jamieson, Director of Catechesis, Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario as our keynote speaker for our anniversary closing weekend,
Sept. 13-15, 2019.
Meet her and hear her special messages of invitation:
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Our Banners Are Up!
Our 175th Anniversary Banners were designed and crafted by Yvette de Souza-Muise and assembled in our Chancery Office with the help of Cathy Walsh, Executive Assistant to Bishop Dunn and Vice-Chancellor of our diocese, and summer student Siobhan MacLellan. The banners will hang in St. Ninian Cathedral from Pentecost until our anniversary closing celebration Sept. 15.
Learn more about the artist Yvette de Souza-Muise and the art and faith of her banner designs in our June newsletter.
Scenes from our Diocese
Anniversary 175 12-month calendar
Our Anniversary Videos:
Thank you to everyone who attended our regional gatherings:
St. Ninian, Antigonish on Oct. 13, 2018
St. Joseph, Port Hawkesbury on Oct. 20, 2018
Our Lady of Fatima, Sydney River on Nov. 3, 2018
Gratitude to the many volunteers who assisted with planning, setup, Morning Prayer, lunch
and our day's activities.
Regional Gathering: St. Ninian, Antigonish
Regional Gathering: St. Joseph, Port Hawkesbury
Regional Gathering: Our Lady of Fatima, Sydney River
Our Anniversary 175 celebrations continue:
Lent 2019: Lenten Parish Missions
Spring 2019: Pilgrimage for youth
September 2019: Diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Sept. 15, 2019: Diocesan Celebration, St. Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish
Patron Saint of our Diocese,
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in our 175th Anniversary Year
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GOOD FOR YOU AND IT IS GOOD FOR US
Looking to build your resume and scholarship applications? Need some volunteer experiences?
Contact Diocese of Antigonish Youthand see how you can get involved.
YOUTH RALLY PASSIONATELY IN PURSUIT OF JOY
Holy Family Parish in Sydney Mines is hosting the Diocesan Youth Rally on April 6th, 2019 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Confirmation Candidates, High School and Young Adults are welcome.
Please register by emailing Norma Blinkhorn. Cost: $10.00
SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS & YOUNG ADULTS:
The First Spiritual Exercises is worth exploring to develop your prayer life. Beginning Wednesday, April 24th, and ending on May 22nd, 2019 (one evening per week for 5 weeks) at Our Lady of Fatima in Sydney River. The cost is $30.00 for the book. Please register by March 25th, by contacting Winnie Odo at 902 862-2330 or Norma Blinkhorn at 902 736-2972 or email Diocese of Antigonish Youth
March Break Day Camps 2019!
Thank you to our Youth Ministry Team, youth leaders and participants
who shared in the Parable of the Lost Sheep and found their way to a faith-filled experience.
You Give Them Something to Eat is a 70-page text that can be used by dioceses, eparchies, parishes, youth groups and organizations to assist in reflections on youth ministry, to identify strengths and weaknesses in current approaches, and to build an outreach ministry that meets the needs of young people. The publication is available for free download from CCCB publications and includes a preface by Bishop Brian Dunn.
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MyParish App: A Customized App for Parishes in Our Diocese
MyParish App provides Mass times, Confession times, event notices and general faith information in an app free to use for any individual who downloads it to a phone or tablet.
As part of our Anniversary 175 celebrations, the Diocese of Antigonish is pleased to partner with MyParish App to make this service available to our diocese and parishes.
To download the app:
Parishes that subscribe to the MyParish App system receive a free customized app and launch kit, administrative access to upload and update their information, and the first year free of charge.
Should parishes wish to continue the service past Year One, a monthly subscription fee of $35 US will apply.
Who has subscribed?
Diocese of Antigonish
Our Lady of Grace Monastery
St. Ninian Cathedral
St. FX Chaplaincy
St. John the Baptist, New Glasgow
Our Lady of Lourdes, Stellarton
St. Joseph, Port Hawkesbury
Margaree Family of Catholic Churches
Holy Family, Sydney Mines
St. Joseph, North Sydney
Our Lady of Fatima, Sydney River
St. Theresa, Sydney
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Sydney
How can MyParish App be of use to your parish?
1. It keeps parishioners connected via technology they use every day.
2. It enables parishioners from away to keep in touch, including family of home parishioners and seasonal residents.
3. It enables your parish to be found by visitors, those new to the area, or those rediscovering their faith. As a subscriber, your parish information is available to anyone in North America using MyParish App.
In summary, the app can expand our pastoral ministry beyond the physical boundaries of our parishes and help our broader parish families keep in touch with their faith and faith community.
To learn more about MyParish App and submit the SignUp form:
After you submit the form a representative of myParish App will be in touch to customize your app and launch kit.
Questions? Contact our Communications Officer, Jennifer Hatt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diocese of Antigonish
Confirmation Schedule as of September 5th, 2019 is listed below
Please review the Date, Time and selected Church for your celebration
For changes or requests, please contact Cathy Walsh at the Chancery Office.
Letters from Confirmandi are to be forwarded to Bishop Dunn in advance of the celebration
|Thursday, November 7th, 7:00 pm||Paroisse, Ste-Pierre, Cheticamp||Rev. Pierre Antoine St-Cyr|
|Saturday, November 30th, 4:00 pm||St. Joseph, Port Hawkesbury||Rev. Conrad Edwards|
|Sunday, December 1st, 10:30 pm||St. Ninian, Antigonish||
Rev. Donald MacGillivary
|Thursday, April 23rd, 7:00 pm||St. Leonard Parish, New Waterford||Rev. Ray Huntley|
|Wednesday, May 6th, 7:00 pm||
Our Lady of Fatima
Rev. Patrick O'Neil
|Thursday, May 21st, 7:00 pm||Glace Bay Grouping
(to be held at St. Joseph,
|Rev. Daniel Boudreau
Rev. Norman MacPhee
Rev. Duaine Devereaux
|Tuesday, June 9th, 7:00 pm||Tri-Parish Grouping
Immaculate Conception, Heatherton
St. Andrew, St. Andrews
Ste. Croix, Pomquet
(to be held at Immaculate Conception,
|Rev. Andrew Gillies|