Prayers and help for Fr. Kirby of Silverstream Priory

From a reader:

Fr Mark Kirby, of Vultus Christi blog, who with a small community is trying to save and revive Silverstream Priory, is in hospital. Would you pray for him? Would you ask readers to pray for him? And give him the material support he needs to keep warm and fed, along with his flock of five.


The thing is, Fr Mark needs to be encouraged, forced even, to ask for material help. He endured two winters in his fledgling monastery with no heating system. Now he has a heating system, could we support him to put fuel in the boiler? Warm soups on the table? I do not exaggerate his material needs. The conditions he lives in are improving but truly shocking.

Fr Mark recently had the joy of seeing one of his little community ordained to the priesthood. He has novices and postulants. He is a holy man and has many apostolates in keeping with his habit. But he needs to be able to turn on the heat and eat warm food!

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. Grateful to be Catholic says:

    Prayers and contribution via the Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle: Done.

    Let them know you read about them on Fr. Zed.

  2. Mike says:

    Praying. I love his website. Will make a donation asap.

  3. PMK says:

    Donation sent, prayers begun

  4. Gregorius says:

    With all due respect to our host here, Fr. Kirby’s blog is one of the best out there on spiritual writings and commentary. I will keep him and his monks in my prayers.

  5. Tamara T. says:

    Prayers and contribution via the Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle on their way.

  6. Massachusetts Catholic says:


  7. Patti Day says:

    I was unable to donate with the link.

  8. TomG says:

    Patti Day: Neither was I.

  9. majuscule says:

    I have given in the past and will give again. Wish I could give more!

    And of course I will pray!

  10. majuscule says:

    Here’s a link to the “How to Help” link on the Silverstream website:

    That might have a better link.

  11. Charles E Flynn says:

    The “Here” link to PayPal is not working.

    Be sure to read the article “In Every Conceivable Circumstance” (click “Fr Mark Kirby” above), with the superb excerpt from “The Shape of the Liturgy”, by Dom Gregory Dix, O.S.B. You might need some tissues.

  12. Here’s a link to the “How to Help” link on the Silverstream website:

    That might have a better link.

    I used this site successfully, and chose the US Paypal site, and was able to make a little donation in US dollars from Australia.

    Hint – do get a Paypal account, though, because I suspect it might be a bit purgatorial to try to make a donation without one via this website …

  13. Cradle Catholic says:

    The latest link posted seemed to work.

    Thanks, Philippa Martyr.

  14. Prayerful says:

    I was at Dom Benedict’s first mass in St Kevin’s in Haddington St. Starting a new monastery in the modern Ireland is a much needed act of heroism. I’ll donate.

  15. jaykay says:

    Yes, will certainly do so and thank you for this reminder, Father. As it happens, the priory is not all that far away from me, although unfortunately a little inaccessible in present circumstances.

    Prayerful: some great images of the first Mass of Dom Benedict at the Dublin Latin Mass Chaplaincy are here:

  16. majuscule says:

    This morning’s email contained a “thank you” for yesterday’s donation.

    Fr. Kirby also mentioned, “Know that, as we work to close on the purchase Silverstream Priory — this month if possible…”

    I am praying this will come to pass!

  17. Supertradmum says:

    I have visited there and attended the TLM and Divine Office. Fantastic place, but I cannot imagine how cold it must be for the monks.

    I cannot help financially, but prayers. I hope there are more vocations as well. A worthy place…and Ireland needs the prayers.

  18. MouseTemplar says:

    Just as I was praying for an “alms project” for Advent. Thank you for the link!

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