Immaculata Srs Convent - urgent extensions needed

Hi, I'm Jess and I'm organising a fundraiser for the Sisters of the Immaculata, who live a few doors down from me in Franklin, in Tasmania, Australia. I'm very blessed to work with the Sisters as part of their mission team and they help provide meals for us and we are invited to join them in times of prayer and Adoration together in their chapel.  It is a very joyful convent and they feel very blessed to have this home, but because of the limited space the hallway is used as a dining room and they have converted their lounge room to serve as a chapel because there is no other room big enough to fit everyone - and now we are overflowing.  In addition, there are nine Sisters and three bedrooms and they are really beyond full capacity.  They really need your help - I will share more about the Sisters and their work below and invite you to support this mission which is so needed.  

Here is a photo of their dining room:

It's such a good thing that there are so many young people whose lives are being transformed - but the Sisters need space to be able to welcome them and also to live their religious life.

Here is a photo of the Sisters' chapel:

The Sisters of the Immaculata live on Divine Providence and because of that they can do a lot of work and help a lot of people.  They serve in parishes, schools, universities and in mission, running short term mission schools and an annual five-month Long-Term Mission School, forming young people in the faith and helping them to listen to God.  Young people learn how to pray, how to put God at the centre and how to be counter-cultural and swim against the tide - for the five-month mission school they give up their phones, live in community, spend two hours each day in Adoration and prayer and learn how to be other-centred by doing outreach and mission.

Here is the group photo from this year's short term Mission School - even with Covid restrictions in place, the Sisters wanted to continue to run the School to support the young people and families in their faith.  180 people were able to attend from 1-5 January in Cygnet, Tasmania:

Here are a couple of testimonies from this year's participants:

"I just met so many friends and heard so many stories from other people's faith journeys, and learnt a lot about my faith and had a lot of opportunity to pray through Adoration.  Probably the best part was just meeting other Catholics my age."  Mary, 18

"This is what true Catholics are meant to be like, just absolutely in love with God ... it's stunning.  You see it in other people and you want it. And the talks are phenomenal."  Oliver, 19

This fundraiser aims to provide the Sisters with an extension to the presbytery they live in, so that they can have accommodation and a chapel, which they really need, as there is no longer enough room to fit people in the current makeshift chapel.

Plans for an extension have been approved by a consulting engineer and building surveyor. A design of the plans can be seen here:

If you would like to read more about the Sisters of the Immaculata, please read on:
The Sisters of the Immaculata were founded in 2008 and the Charism of our community is spiritual renewal and faith formation, through Adoration, the Rosary and prayer in parishes and in mission.   At the heart of renewal is love - Jesus said to love one another as I have loved you; 'By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.' (John 13:35).  Love is particularly needed in our world and is the greatest way to evangelise.  We seek to foster Eucharistic Adoration, prayer, including the rosary, and devotion to the angels and the saints.  We want to help people to have a love for the sacraments and their Catholic faith, bringing back a sense of prayerful devotion, which fosters a love for Jesus.  We have a particular devotion to Our Lady, because Jesus gave us Mary at the foot of the Cross and she helps us stay close to Jesus and points the way to holiness. 
We have a particular focus on the parish and on young people, because the parish is the heart of the Church and young people are its future.  This is where people go to receive the sacraments and are supposed to learn about their faith and be supported by their faith community.  We hope to nurture each member, fostering in them a love for their faith and helping them to discover their gifts and talents for the up-building of the parish community and the Church.  In this way, we hope to help them shine and be a light for the world.  We want to support all members of the parish, and all those who are not yet in a parish or the Church, because all people deserve to know the love of God.  Our work in parishes and mission includes Adoration and prayer, teachings, running youth groups, prayer groups, mother's groups, sacramental programs and outreaches, retreats, parish missions and giving people a love for all things Catholic.

Here is a photo from a parish mission event last year:

Mission team
There is a full-time mission team which lives the mission of the community, bringing spiritual renewal and faith formation, so people can fall in love with Jesus.  
We outreach to the university (University of Tasmania, Hobart and Launceston) through Adoration, Mass on campus, prayer including the Rosary, bible studies, faith formation, retreat days, fellowship and mentoring, and trying to connect students into the parish.  We outreach to schools and help to lead young people to Jesus through prayer and foster a love for their faith. Everything is about helping them to develop a relationship with Christ in order to bring them deeper into the Church. In schools this takes place through weekly faith groups in the schools, which include prayer, formation, fellowship, as well as retreat days, classroom and schoolyard evangelisation.

We also outreach to the wider community, including our local neighbourhood where many people are lonely and isolated.
To see more of the Sisters and their work, you can watch the Long-Term Mission School video here:


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Jess Leach 
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