UPDATE 12/6/2017: THANK YOU to everyone who has made gifts to "heat the Motherhouse" in honor of the birthdays of Fr. Eric and Fr. Hecker. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity!!
While we have exceeded our goal of $7,500, the actual cost of the repairs to the Motherhouse heating system far exceed this amount. So, please be assured that we certainly do value any new gifts above our original stated goal. God bless you!
On Monday, December 18, Paulist Fr. Eric Andrews, president of the Paulist Fathers, turns 53 years old.
December 18 also is the 198th anniversary of the birth in 1819 of Servant of God Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers.
To celebrate these two birthdays, friends of Fr. Eric (and fans of Fr. Hecker's ministry) may contribute to this special fundraising campaign to benefit critical repairs at the Paulist Fathers Motherhouse on West 59th Street in New York City.
Funds will be used to help repair the building's gas heating system, which recently failed. While electric heat is now being temporarily used, a costly permanent solution is in the works. The $7,500 to be raised here is just a fraction of the total cost of the repairs.
From Fr. Eric:
"Thank you for considering this request to help warm our Motherhouse!
"Please make a gift at whatever level works best for you. We need contributions of all sizes for this effort to be a success. I would be overjoyed, not offended, if you gave one dollar for each year of my life so far––$53. Better yet, a gift of $198 would honor Fr. Hecker’s birthday and would further help Paulists, especially the aged, who are enduring late-19th century heating conditions at Fr. Hecker's longtime address.
"Regardless of your ability to give, pray for us! You and your loved ones are in our constant prayers.
"Thank you! And, God bless you!"