Nuns’ home in Monastery up for sale

The Chronicle Herald

June 29, 2018

By Aaron Beswick

A 193-year-old monastery in northern Nova Scotia has been put up for sale against the wishes of the local diocese and the nuns who live there.

The sale coincides with a lawsuit against the Chicago-based Order of St. Augustine, also known as the Augustinians of the Midwest Province.

That group administers a charity called Augustinian Fathers (Ontario) Inc., which claims to own the monastery.

The Our Lady of Grace Monastery in the community of Monastery, Antigonish County, has been listed for $895,000. The 361-hectare property includes a 60,000-square-foot, three-storey residence, church, central heating plant, a 15,000-square-foot barn/wood shop, house, gymnasium and five nuns who don’t want to leave.

Mother Superior Gloria told The Chronicle Herald that in February the parent order informed her that the monastery would be put up for sale if they didn’t buy it for $790,000.

“But we have no money,” said the Mother Superior.

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