Safeguarding the Priory’s Future

‘Future Decades’ Fundraising Priority #2:
Safeguarding our Future

Securing the community of friars who serve this church

The Priory’s sources of income: nearly a half of this is now at risk.

Essential Service

The Dominican Friars have served this church for many years: we ensure that the daily round of Masses takes place; we hear confessions and visit the sick. Our preaching mission takes us beyond St Dominic’s: we minister in local schools, hospitals and university chaplaincies.

Financial Weakness

However, for many decades, there has been a fundamental weakness in the priory’s finances, making it difficult to sustain the community here. This is why private residences now occupy one wing of the priory building: we sold this off because we had no choice.

Income at Risk

The priory only survives at present because two friars have worked for a number of years as a school teacher and as a senior hospital chaplain: this external earned income has been essential to balancing the books.

These friars are now, however, approaching retirement age, and this threatens to put a big hole in our annual budget: 45% of our income.

How We Must Respond

The friars are doing all that we can to replace this threatened income with new alternative sources of income.
However, your donations are as ever vital to our community’s future.

Your Help is Needed

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