On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception 2017
we acquired our first convent!
Thank you for helping us find the space to live, grow and flourish!
Our Blessed Mother untied all the knots encountered along the way and couldn’t have chosen a better date for us to have completion on a wonderful property built by two brothers. A legacy from Sr Camilla’s mother, a generous £350,000 loan from the discalced Carmelite Fathers and many donations from groups and individuals received since Easter 2017 meant we have managed to purchase this beautiful converted barn on the outskirts of Dereham. This town is in the centre of the diocese, about 30 mins drive from Walsingham and on the road to Norwich. The first home of our own will be a place were we can form candidates in a purpose built noviciate, develop our charism and mission, provide a base for future COLW brothers and priests and for the lay branch. In the meantime, please pray that we find the right name for this beautiful property….
Can you help us raise £350,000 – £450,000 to secure and develop it?
(for donations above £100, especially if gift-aidable, please download the COLW donation form at the bottom of this page)
For Our Lady’s community, the Church and the wider community
Our hopes for the future include; welcoming people to live alongside us for a time to deepen their Christian calling, offering places of solitude for those who would like a hermit experience, making the well-stocked library available to people and supporting the local community by our presence, prayers and home visits.
Become a founding benefactor….
We still need to fundraise to develop the property. We aim to pay back the loan over time, convert one room into a chapel, another room (pictured right) into an office and library, add bedrooms, build hermitages, landscape the grounds etc. Please become one of our founding benefactors by donating to this appeal. All founding benefactors, living and deceased, will be remembered in a monthly Mass offered for their intentions. You might also like to give a donation in memory of a departed loved one and have their name inscribed in the book of benefactors. Thus Mass will be offered for the repose of their soul.
We still need to raise between £350,000 and £450,000
1 person or organisation to give £100,000; 2 people to give £25,000; 5 people to give £10,000; 30 people to give £2,000; 60 people to give £1,000; 100 people to give £500; 200 people to give £150; 500 people to give £50; 1000 people to give £15; 2000 people to give £5
Will YOU be one of these people?
Any amount you can give will be gratefully received. To give online, please use this webpage. We’d be grateful if you would pass on news of this appeal to your family and friends. If anyone does not have internet access, or wishes to make a donation larger than £1,000 simply download the form below:
Please keep this intention in your prayers and be assured of our prayers for you also.