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An appeal for the Blackfriars Fabric Fund has been launched because of the need for emergency repairs to the priory church at Blackfriars.
The Grade II listed church at Blackfriars serves over 600 people across 5 weekend Masses, including the Polish community. Unfortunately, the church is not currently usable due to a fall of plaster from the ceiling. Investigation has shown it to be unsafe for worshippers. Masses are taking place in the priory's refectory until it is safe to use the church.
What was the cause?
An examination of the fallen plaster revealed that the original work was not done to a high enough standard, meaning that the plasterwork is now crumbly. It is also apparent that the building has shifted slightly, causing the spreading of joints and some cracks in the ceiling’s structure. Partly this may be due to an inadequately supported external buttress in the front quad, discovered during the recent works there.
Making the church safe
The Dominican community has consulted with an architect and identified the best solution for both the safety of worshippers and the long-term stability of the building. This will involve:
How to help
The works will cost £100,000. We will therefore need to fundraise a substantial amount for the Blackfriars Priory Fabric fund during 2015.
Your assistance is greatly appreciated. We pray for our benefactors daily.
Please pray for our brother, Joseph Bailham, OP, who made Solemn Profession last Friday here in Oxford.