Dear Parishioners and Friends,
When I first arrived at St. Thomas Aquinas as a newly ordained priest, I little imagined what our parish would become. I have personally witnessed this extraordinary growth—both in the ministry and in the size of the parish.
Many of you have been here much longer than I and will be here long after I have been transferred. Now, thanks to our beautiful St. Thomas Aquinas Priory, we have reached a new phase in our mission. The vibrancy that is an intrinsic part of the faith life in Charlottesville—indeed, in the region—will continue to challenge and to inspire both the friars and those we serve. This Priory Campaign has truly demonstrated the extraordinary generosity of this parish. We never could have built this wonderful new religious house without the prayerful support of all of you, our dear friends and benefactors.
The construction of the new Priory is complete and now we are in the midst of our Jubilee Challenge—the final phase of the campaign. We have come a long way together in our fundraising for the new St. Thomas Aquinas Priory, entering the second quarter of this year within $2.3 million of full funding of this nearly $6 million project. As you all know, we are making the most of the offer made to us by our anonymous donor: up to $1,000,000 in a matched dollar-for-dollar donation between April and the end of 2013. After only two months, we are making tremendous progress: due in large measure to additional commitments from a number of our largest donors, we have raised approximately $400,000 so far. We are coming near to closing the entire business—once again inspiring my fellow friars and me to feel deeply and humbly grateful to all of you.
If you wish to help us with this campaign, please consider making a formal pledge—the full amount of which will be eligible for matching by our anonymous donor
Thank you once again for your prayers and unflagging support. It is an honor to join with you in the mission of evangelization.
Fr. Luke Clark, O.P.
The Dominicans have had the pleasure of serving St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Charlottesville, VA and the University of Virginia for fifty years! Since we arrived in 1959, we have witnessed a tremendous growth in faith and size in our community. To continue to meet the needs of our vibrant parish and University we are endeavoring to build a Priory.
Only with your help can we make this mission a reality!