Work proceeds at an amazing pace! Framing for the first floor is nearly finished. The stairs from the first to second floor are installed and framed in. The floor joists for the second floor are in the process of being installed and the framing is in place for the Recreation Room on the South side of the Priory and the East side Friar’s Rooms. We are nearly done with all the concrete sub-flooring – the north side of the building being the last to be poured. Placement has begun for the cinderblock under-layer for the entrance to the Crypt and brickwork has begun on the North side retaining wall. On the Chapel roof, the felt has been put in place, the roof shingles awaiting the rest of the roof framing. Fill dirt is going in around the exterior of the building and in the courtyard. We are nearing the final decision-making stage for the St. Vincent Ferrer Columbarium and those plans will be presented in the near future.
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Weekly Update – Now that the foundation work is predominantly done, the building is daily more visible above ground. The Chapel roof trusses were installed late last week and the Chapel under-roofing is nearly complete. The walls of the main Priory building are in the process of being placed – especially noticeable are the friar’s rooms on the first floor level of the East side of the building. The main entrance along Midmont Lane and refectory room are framed in, as are the guest and parlor rooms. Behind the scenes, fundraising continues. We are $2.1M short of our goal. Fr. Dominic Izzo, OP visits St. Thomas Aquinas Parish next week and will meet with various donors. Plans for the new crypt – St. Vincent Ferrer Columbarium – are in the process of finalization.
Fr. Dominic Izzo, OP, the Director of the Dominican Foundation and Vicar Provincial for Advancement for the Province of St. Joseph has scheduled a series of presentations to the Chapters of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic. His intent is to provide information concerning the fundraising and building progress for the new Priory in Charlottesville. The Lay Fraternities has already pledged and received naming rights for the Refectory of the Priory.
Recent visits include:
Jan 8 – Summit, NJ: Caldwell College Chapter, Sacred Heart Chapter and Holy Rosary Chapter. They met at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary
Jan 15 – Washington, DC: Immaculate Conception Chapter
Jan 22 – New Haven, CT: St. Mary’s Chapter and Mother of God Chapter